- The chieftain of the Coalition of Nigeria (CNM), Akin Osuntokun, says God chose Atiku Abubakar as the instrument to rescue Nigeria
- Osuntokun described Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku for president as a move to save the country
- The spokesman said Obasanjo’s move was premised on the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good
Akin Osuntokun, the spokesman for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, has identified the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, as an instrument chosen by God to rescue Nigeria from the “dark and dangerous” route President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the country, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathered that Osuntokun, the CNM’s director of strategic communications, in a statement on Friday, October 12, described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku for president as a move to save the country.
Osuntokun said Obasanjo’s move was premised on the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good, adding that such considerations underlie the reconciliation between the former President and his deputy.
Osuntokun, a former aide of Obasanjo said: “To put it mildly, these are desperate times in Nigeria and desperate problems readily provoke desperate measures.
“Confronted with the present danger and calamity that the presidency of Buhari poses to Nigeria, the choice and course of action open to any responsible Nigerian statesman is clear – and that is the subordination of all personal differences to the task of rescuing Nigeria from the fast pace of downward spiral towards the political abyss.
“And God, in his inimitable ways, has seen fit to choose Atiku Abubakar as the instrument of rescuing Nigeria from the dark and dangerous turn that the incumbent driver has taken the country.
“It is perhaps for the task of the unprecedented challenge of this moment that God has been preparing Atiku – who like all mortals, is not without his share of human imperfections. To err is human; to forgive, divine.”
Osuntokun also identified the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good as the reason why Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, was now on the same page with Obasanjo.
“The political differences between Afenifere and Obasanjo are an open secret but in deference to the same logic, it has not been difficult for the two parties to subsume their differences, close ranks and find equal purpose in halting and reversing the Buhari trend that endangers all,” he said.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar may have gotten the nod of his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, October 11, as he seeks to be Nigeria's president in 2019.
Atiku arrived Obasanjo’s home at about 1:12 p.m Thursday afternoon, accompanied by PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and the director general of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Also present in the meeting was a top chieftain of the main opposition party, Chief Olabode George, and Afenifere leaders led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
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