- Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson for the Muhammadu Buhari campaign, dismisses Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku Abubakar as a complete non-event
- Keyamo asks Nigerians not to join Obasanjo in receiving the curse he allegedly invoked on himself by endorsing the PDP’s presidential candidate
- The Buhari campaign spokesperson accuses the religious leaders that accompanied Atiku to Obasanjo’s residence of publicly declaring their partisan interest
Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson for the Buhari campaign organisation has said ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, allegedly invoked a curse on himself by endorsing Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming 2019 presidential election.
Keyamo in a statement on Thursday, October 11, dismissed the endorsement on Atiku as a complete non-event and questioned Obasanjo for backing a character, the ex-president had previously accused of corruption.
The senior lawyer said the desperation by Atiku and the PDP to get the endorsement of Olusegun Obasanjo was a clear sign the opposition was intending to take Nigerians back to the era where a few people governed Nigeria, The Cable reports.
He said Buhari during his campaign in 2015, out of respect and convention, paid courtesy calls on prominent individuals and statesmen but never begged any one for forgiveness like Atiku begged Obasanjo.
He asked Nigerians not to join the ex-president in receiving the curse he allegedly invoked on himself by backing Atiku Abubakar.
“Interestingly, just a few weeks ago, specifically on the 4th of August, 2018, Chief Obasanjo was widely reported to have said “God will NEVER forgive me if I support Atiku for President,” the statement read in part.
"Whilst we acknowledge the constitutional right of the ex-president to support anyone of his choice, we draw attention of all God-fearing Nigerians to a character who would use the name of God in vain and in a flip-flop manner in just a matter of weeks. Where is the shame? Where is the honour? Where is the pride?
"When a person invokes the curse of God upon himself if he does a particular thing, like Obasanjo has done, and then deliberately does that particularly thing and calls on Nigerians to follow him to receive his curse, Nigerians must flee in the opposite direction. We urge Nigerians NOT to follow this character to receive the curse he invoked upon himself.
"We also note with interest the full participation of some “men of God” in the entourage of the Peoples’ Democratic Party for this political re-alignment. We are glad that they have publicly declared their partisan interest and urge all Nigerians to see all their previous, present and future attacks on President Buhari from their pulpits in the context of partisan politics and not in the context of nationalistic or altruistic commitment. We wish them well.
"Finally, we see this gathering as a confederate of desperate power-mongers and questionable characters who wish to return us to the era of unbridled corruption. It is significant that the meeting was held in a building which has become the symbol of corruption of the Obasanjo years, where a sitting President collected monies from known government hangers-on and contractors to build a “Presidential Library” in clear violation of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. We hope President Obasanjo would one day return Governor Ayo Fayose’s Ten Million Naira to that building as Fayose has requested. It is a significant reminder of the difference between the past and the present.
"Nigerians would soon be called upon to choose between returning us to the era of corrupt Presidents and their deputies or continuing on this path of transparency and people-oriented Government.
Meanwhile, the presidency has said it received the news of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s "predictable U-turn and somersault on the endorsement" of the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at a meeting on Thursday, October 11.
The presidency said it was not surprised by what it called the well-rehearsed theatre.
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