PDP worried over Obasanjo’s ‘mistake’ comment on Atiku


The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Monday, expressed concern on former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment that he made mistake when he picked his Vice President in 1999.

Obasanjo had on Saturday said he made a mistake in the choice of his number two ahead of the 1999 presidential election.

Obasanjo became democratically elected President in 1999 while the current presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was his Vice President.

The former President, who did not mention Atiku in his statement, said it was a mistake he made in good faith, but was saved by God.

He said, “One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two when I wanted to become the President. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me.”

But the party in reaction, threatened that should Obasanjo failed to clarify the clarify the comments credited within 48 hours, the party would be forced left to expose the former President and “tell Nigerians who he is in reality.”

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The PDP’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Senator Walid Jibril, who made the threat at press conference in Kaduna on Monday, although the party has great respect for the former President, it would be disappointing if the statement credited to him, turned out to be true.

Jibril, a Second Republic Senator, said, “I wish to appeal to former President Obasanjo to come out openly to repeat what he has said. Whether or not he was misquoted or meant what was credited to him.

“Although he has not debunked what was reported, one can assume that what was quoted to have been said by him is correct, but if he fails to openly come out and say which is correct in 48 hours, you will hear the bombardment and I will have no option but to break the egg and tell the whole world and Nigerians who Obasanjo is.

“There is no doubt Obasanjo may still be angry with Atiku even after helping him to succeed but perhaps for truncating his third term agenda. In any case, Alhaji Abubakar Atuku is our presidential candidate and I can tell you for sure that he will be the President in 2023 insha Allah.”

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Jibril while speaking on picking of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate to Atiku Abubakar, also said a High Powered Receive Reconciliatory Committee would soon be set to meet Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

On the the outcome of the Presidential primaries and subsequent picking of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate of Atiku which may have angered Governor Nyesom Wike, the BoT Chairman disclosed that a high powered reconciliatory committee is soon to be constituted to meet Governor Wike and appeal to him.

“Governor Wike is a great party man who fought for the party, when the committee is constituted, in which we will also bring other contestants together. We will go and meet with Governor Wike and appeal to him even if it means kneeling down to beg him,” he said.

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