- Olusegun Obasanjo says he can never support his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar
- Obasanjo said God won't forgive him if he suport Abubakar's presidential ambition
Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has on Friday, August 3, reiterated his stand not to support the presidential ambition of Abubakar Atiku who was the vice president during Obasanjo's 8-year-rule as president.
Obasanjo, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Premium Times after his arrival from Rwanda on Friday, is yet to reveal his preferred candidate for 2019 presidency but insist his choice would not be Abubakar.
He said: “How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?
“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support."
The former president, however, claimed that his stand on Atiku's presidential ambition was not personal but out of love and duty to watch out for Nigeria's best interest.
“I do not have personal grudges with anyone. If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.”
“It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual. If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are I am not working with you.
“I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed.
“If my children are getting married, he has sent representatives. If his children are getting married, I have sent representatives. That is social. That is not political.
“But on political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I did not know him, maybe, but not now that I know him, God will not forgive me.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana, a senior lawyer in Nigeria, have reportedly described former president Olusegun Obasanjo as one of the country’s major problems.
The two prominent Nigerians said Obasanjo was not a saviour as some would believe.
The two top Nigerians attacked Obasanjo at a panel discussion alongside the editorial chairman of The Nation, Sam Omatseye, at a book launch in Lagos.
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