2019: OBJ Endorses Atiku Abubakar

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said he has reviewed his stance on not backing his former deputy for the presidency of Nigeria.

Mr. Obasanjo spoke when Atiku Abubakar and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party visited him at his Abeokuta home.

He said he believed Atiku has ‘re-discovered and re-positioned himself’ and is now good enough to enjoy his support in the next election.

Mr. Obasanjo said, “Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.

“Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

“I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

“From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

“Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party. That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party. In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

“There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition. But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

“I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national level. With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

“For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

“You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

“As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard. On your behalf, I thank them all. May their coast continue to be expanded. And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin. Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.

“Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency. The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.

“Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

“The fundamentals for our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure. Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.

“All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

“Once again, congratulations and I wish you well. My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen. I will now count on you to encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.”

 

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25 Responses to 2019: OBJ Endorses Atiku Abubakar

  1. Desam Odega October 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    It is finished, nothing can stop Atiku now. Glory be to God Nigeria will work again

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  2. Julious Aworinde October 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I posted on Facebook yesterday that Atiku will be endorsed by Obj soon, that Atiku will re-articulate an restructured Nigeria as it ought to be reorganized an resectioning all this while, I believed in his excellence Alhaji Atiku Abubakar ….and I can say it with every sense of reasoning that ,come next year 2019 we shall be enjoying another new government ,renew an reform PDP political party, leading by his excellence president to be soon, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , please endorsed him jor

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  3. David Onyuku October 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Endorsed or not, i am ready to to vote the right man for presidency so that things will be alright in Nigeria

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  4. Alhaji Abdulrasak Adeyemi October 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Helo sir I alhaji Abdulrasak Adeyemi from abeokuta ogun state I want to support atiku 2019 I want to campaign for him am the chairman of my area this my number 08131361351 thanks

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  5. Awaal Naseer October 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I really support u sir, allah be praised for the develiopment. I’m ur unknown agent here in kano, Nassarawa local govt. I have an experiences of politic I promise to advise, help and work 100% for u in order to see that u have won the presidential election 2019.

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  6. Murid Barid October 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Insha allahu u are new president of Nigeria 2019
    insha allahu We are prayer too that insha allah up Mr president

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  7. Ibrahim Bida October 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Atiku for ever

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  8. Vitalis Doris October 11, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I stand with atiku 2019

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  9. Nelson Joel October 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Victory is all I see

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  10. Yinka Harmony October 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Congrats once again for the victory in the primaries of our great party the PDP ur Excellency. i just want to inform you sir, that i am in support of your ambition to become the president of this nation and has a youth leader in my constituency i am ready to mobilize the youth and market woman to vote for you come 2019 election. i do this during 2015 election for Buhari but he has failed us entirely but since your agenda really touches us and our needs right now in Nigeria, i and the entire constituency in shomolu/Bariga, Lagos and in mowe/Ibafo in Ogun state i will deliver them to you sir. i give u my word

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  11. Ademitope October 11, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I Stand with Atiku

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  12. Assam Ekantar October 11, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Sincerely i knew this would eventually happen, Obj cannot stop the progress of this country. Is time for Atiku to take over and even Obasanjo cannot stop it

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  13. Nicholas Agbor October 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    From what I personally know about Atiku, he has the capacity to perform better than the “lifeless”. He surely understands the economy better; he has business experience, which can make his administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.
    If Obasanjo can say this of Atiku Abubakar and call Buhari lifeless, who can say anything contrary of Nigeria’s next president
    Yes is time to get Nigeria working again

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  14. ezeobi abuchi October 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    fine one Atiku is our next president. baba remember me oooo…

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  15. Philip Azangwu, the Chairman of The Movers. October 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    The MOVERS for Atiku Abubakar 2019 congratulates our AA for his successful outing on the 6th and 7th October 2018. Our presidential candidate will be swearing in on 29th May 2019.

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  16. JOHN AMRETERERE October 11, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS OUR NEXT PRESIDENT THIS THE BEGINNING OF GREATNESS FOR ALL NIGERIANS.

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  17. Peresine Watchman October 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Congratulations to the incoming President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
    OBJ has no choice but to support Atiku.

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  18. Peresine Watchman October 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Check out @IndependentNGR’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/IndependentNGR/status/1043950882151227392?s=08
    2019: Only Atiku Can Rescue Nigeria – Peresine Watchman | Independent Newspapers Nigeria https://t.co/bZbCUbM1YP

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  19. Abba Hussain Bosuwa October 12, 2018 at 12:10 am

    May ALLAH guide and protect you in this coming election

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  20. Margaret October 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Congratulations my president in the making. I am over Atikulated. Continue soaring higher, taking Nigerians to their promise land.

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  21. ifeanyi October 12, 2018 at 8:57 am

    sir, congratulations. my vote, even my life for you. i am so passionate about your ambitions. i am in cross river. calabar.

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  22. Oladipupo Anifowoshe Sunday October 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I am very certain that, Baba will endorse him considering of state of our dear Nation. Nigeria need a business oriented and true nationality person like Alhaji Atiku. We are tired of Mr Integrity without Productivity. i have passion for this country and Africa as a continent. By God grace, Alhaji Atiku, is our next president…..Thank God for New Nigeria

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  23. ABDUL AZIZ October 12, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Insha Allah baba atiku wazirin adamawa will be our next president

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  24. UGWU PETER UCHENNA October 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    *UGWU PETER UCHENNA* I and my fellow youths from nsukka local govt, of enugu state. want to campaign for Atiku and Obi our brother for president of nigeria in 2019 election, we sincerely want to support you, we know that your administration will change our economy, we believe that you are going to provide jobs for the youths. *ndi igbo* let support Atiku for better nigeria. ATIKU ABUBAKAR PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. please don’t fail us. if you have anything for us send it true this acct *3128687461* ugwu peter uchenna first bank.

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  25. Nwabunor Joseph November 18, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Only God can deliver us from this severe hardship caused by clue less leadership of APC. Alh. Atiku we wait and count on you to deliver.

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