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Obasanjo Insists Peter Obi Better Than Atiku, Tinubu, Kwankwaso, Sowore, Others

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has insisted that the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, is better than others contesting to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that only an “unpatriotic and bad Nigerian” would vote for a candidate with bad character.

Speaking on Thursday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, while featuring in an interactive session of the Experiential Leadership in Africa, the former president maintained that Peter Obi was his preferred candidate for the presidency.

While reacting to his new year message where he expressed support for the LP candidate, Obasanjo insisted that he did not use the word “endorse,” but he only gave his opinion on the candidates.

Obasanjo said, “Whether the letter is open or not, what I believe is that I will be punished by God if I know what is right and I do not put it where it should be.

“The word I used is that one particular candidate has an edge. Taking everything together, I take the character, track record, vision, and what you see in this man as a child of God.

“I said they all claimed to be my mentees, and of course, I won’t deny that, but if you are my mentee, they must also admit that I know them a little bit, and if I then know them a little bit, I must be right to say…

“I have done this before. I said President Buhari does not understand the economy, and that is true, and you have seen it. I wasn’t running him down; that is what he is, and he will admit that.

“I said his (Buhari’s) understanding of foreign affairs is also very limited because, when he was military head of state, he said his frontline does not go beyond the borders of Nigeria; that is a pity.

“But what then do you have? I wrote a letter that was almost six and a half pages long and then only had one sentence – ‘why should you, as a Nigerian, vote for someone whose character, reputation, and life you would not want for your children?’”

He continued, “You are either wicked, unpatriotic, or a truly awful citizen of this country, and if this is who you are, what do you want God to do with you?

“For the last three days, I have had about 35 youths who I have been talking to, and they have all told me that education, security, and corruption are what they are concerned about; the question is, who then can do it?”

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