Bayo Onanuga, Media and Public Relations Director of the Presidential Election Council of All Progressives Congress, said that presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was nominated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his Labor Party counterpart Peter・He stated that he would not lose sleep over Obi’s support.
In his New Year’s message to Nigerians, Obasanjo described Obi as having an edge over other candidates in the 2023 presidential election in terms of character, precedent, understanding, knowledge, discipline and vitality. was doing.
In response, Onanuga said in a statement on Sunday that the endorsement was worthless, saying that Obasanjo is a paperweight with no political goodwill or influence anywhere in Nigeria, and is expected to run for parliamentary elections, let alone presidential. He added that he could not have let the .
The statement read:
“Following calls by journalists from various media houses asking for our response, we have decided to issue this interim statement, but did not believe the so-called endorsement was worthwhile.
“We respect the democratic right to support and support the candidate elected by former President Obasanjo.
“Other than he officially made it known in his New Year’s message, Nigeria’s discerning political watchers know that Chief Obasanjo is expected to favor Obi.
“He had previously taken his position at various public events to mark the 70th birthday of Chief John Nwod, former president of Enugu’s Ohaneze Ndigbo.
“Obasanjo is notorious for always opposing progressive political forces, as he did against MKO Aviola in 1993, so our party and candidate Tinubu sleeps in Obasanjo’s move.” I boldly say no.
“This endorsement is practically worthless as the ex-president has no political goodwill or influence anywhere in Nigeria and cannot get anyone to win parliamentary elections, let alone presidential elections. It’s a paperweight.
“He’s also not a democrat anyone should be proud of.
“In the 2003 and 2007 general elections, when he was the incumbent president, against the will of the Nigerian people expressed in the polls, we used the state at its disposal to push its people into elected office. I recall using all the means of coercion in
“In 2007, after failing to amend the constitution for a third term, he declared opinion polls to be a matter of life and death.
“According to our records, Obasanjo has not won anyone an election in Nigeria since then.
“Even Ogun State cannot rely on his endorsement or endorsement to become governor or councilor.”
Onanuga expressed sympathy for Obi and said the APC was confident that Chief of Staff Obasanjo would not be able to win the Abeokuta constituency and constituency for the LP candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
“Obasanjo likewise endorsed People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar against the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (veteran) in 2019. Atiku lost the election by a large margin to Buhari.
“History will repeat itself in February as Tinub evenly beats Obi by a wide margin.
“We pay particular attention to the part of the endorsement statement where Chief of Staff Obasanjo said none of the presidential candidates are saints.
“Here I would like to state that Chief Obasanjo is not a good judge of character.
“Over the years, Chief Obasanjo has been convinced that sincerity, honesty, and all virtues begin and end in him.”