- The authors of a new book say PDP leaders adopted Obasanjo as their presidential candidate because they considered him the best person for the job
- Supporters of presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, say the former vice president has all it takes to be president of Nigeria
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, reportedly saved ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, from near bankruptcy before he emerged president in 1999, authors of a new book have claimed.
Vanguard reports that the book written by a former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, and Ayisha Osori, titled, Too Good to Die: Third Term and the Myth of the Indispensable Man in Africa, detailed how Obasanjo beat late Alex Ekwueme to the presidential ticket of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the 1999 election.
According to the authors, Atiku said he made all his resources available for Obasanjo’s presidential campaign.
The book stated that PDP leaders adopted Obasanjo as their presidential candidate because they considered him the best person for the job.
“Implicit in their position was their belief that they knew how to manipulate Obasanjo and the fact that Obasanjo did their bidding in 1979. They felt secure that he could be managed again,” the authors wrote.
“When Atiku and Obasanjo discussed the call to serve as president, Obasanjo said he could not be president because he was a nearly bankrupt ex-convict. Atiku, through General (Aliyu) Gusau, paid money into Obasanjo’s account to begin his financial rehabilitation.
"Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar helped out by granting him an unconditional pardon. Atiku put everything he had at his disposal to support Obasanjo’s emergence as the PDP presidential candidate and, when he joined the ticket as the vice-presidential nominee, continued to make his assets available to Obasanjo and the campaign.
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“During a campaign stop in Atiku’s village, Jada, Adamawa State, Obasanjo spent a night in Atiku’s home. When he woke up the next day, he reportedly asked Atiku when he built the house and, to Atiku’s response, reportedly retorted: “(I) will never be poor again."
Meanwhile, supporters of presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, have pleaded with ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, to end his rift with his former vice president in order to enhance Atiku’s chances in the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku, who served as vice president during the Obasanjo administration, reportedly fell out with the ex-president after an alleged botched third term bid of his principal.
The Tribune reports that the group under the umbrella of Reset Foundation, said they were practically pleading on their knees for Obasanjo to support Atiku’s presidential bid.
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