(LEADERSHIP) In an apparent endorsement of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked Nigerians to go to this weekend’s governorship election and “do as they did” on March 28 during the presidential election.
Obasanjo gave the charge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, over the weekend, while on a surprise visit to Itoku market.
In an undisguised support for the APC, which won the presidential election recently, the former leader told newsmen when asked about his advice for the market men and women for the April 11 polls that they should repeat the action of March 28.
“They should do exactly what they did last Saturday,” Obasanjo said.
Obasanjo retired from partisan politics earlier this year. Back then, after supervising the tearing of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card, said he would prefer to play the role of a statesman.
It is unclear whether the call on Nigerians to repeat a voting pattern that favoured APC fits into Obasanjo’s new role as a statesman.
LEADERSHIP recalls that things fell apart between the former president Obasanjo, the PDP and the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan around 2012. Obasanjo later resigned his position as the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP.
The running battle, however, reached a point of no settlement in December 2013 when Obasanjo wrote a letter that was published in newspapers to President Jonathan.
Entitled ‘Before It Is Too Late’, Obasanjo chronicled Jonathan’s ‘sins’ to include, corruption, incompetence, betrayal and alleged sponsorship of a killer squad, with over a thousand eminent Nigerians as targets.
President Jonathan too responded to the letter with no less pungent language.
The crisis eventually consumed PDP with the election of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the president-elect from the opposition APC.
The former leader’s call on people to repeat the action of March 28 can only be construed to be a declaration of support for the opposition against his former party, PDP.
This action, his old comrades may be tempted to believe, is part of the grand plan to send PDP into perdition.