Obasanjo denies endorsing Jonathan, Atiku, Buhari, others for president

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has debunked reports that he has endorsed an aspirant jostling for the office of the president in February 2015 election.

Mr. Obasanjo, who spoke through one of his allies, Oyewole Fasawe, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Monday, said he had neither endorsed nor condemned any of the aspirants running on the platform of any of the political parties.

The Senate President, David Mark, and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, had separately visited the former president last week triggering speculations that he discussed political matters with them.

Specifically, it was alleged that Mr. Obasanjo warned the APC leaders not field Mr. Abubakar, who was his (Obasanjo) deputy.

Mr. Abubakar had last month formally announced his intention to seek the presidential ticket of the opposition party.

Another leader of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, who served as petroleum minister in the military regime of Mr. Obasanjo in the 70s, will formally announce his plan to contest the presidential election on Wednesday, while the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has since endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate.

Mr. Fasawe said in a statement that Mr. Obasanjo sees the current gladiators in all the parties as his political children and associates; hence he would not endorse one over the other no matter the amount of pressure from any quarter.

“Baba has not endorsed anyone and has not condemned anyone. A statesman of his stature and pedigree can only pray and work towards peace and progress in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Those trying to exploit his friendliness to gain political advantage over other contenders are being unfair and doing so without Obasanjo’s approval,” he said.

He explained that the former president had been working tirelessly behind the scene to ensure a secure and rancour-free atmosphere for free and fair elections devoid of blood-letting and wanton destruction of lives and property.


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  • Ette

    Anyone who tries to get his endorsement will fail woefully because the incompetent GEJ he imposed on Nigerians has become instrument of corruption, blood shed, religious and ethnic conflicts, cultism with council of witches and wizard openly declaring that their member has been anointed by them. Nigerians must shun anything that OBJ approves.

  • Chris1408

    Obasanjo should go somewhere and hide. We’ve had enough of him. He’s caused more than enough damage. He should completely stay away from politics and government.

  • Truth

    OBJ has finally realized the best strategy. Love or hate him he remains the mysterious ebora. Whether you like it or not baba remains the X factor.

    • Richie

      ….X factor in rigging……the man had been relevant cos of rigging…..one man one vote …OBJ will migrate from Xfactor to Z factor….

  • AbujaKenneth

    OBJ may not endorse GEJ but I do. OBJ is not Jehovah neither is he Deputy Jehovah or Assistant God

  • sir Oscie

    OBJ PLEASE STOP PLAYING A DEMI gOD AND ALLOW US TO HEAR.
    YOUR ENDORSEMENT MEANS TROUBLE AND WE ARE SAYING NO TO YOU AND YOUR ENDORSEMENTS.

    • Richie

      ……I am becoming annoyed…..how can OBJ be endorsing for Nigerians…..what are all these endorsement issues……is he endorsing for rigging or endorsing for Nigerians to vote who he endorsed…….No wonder, her daughter told him to come out of his euphoria of thinking he owns Nigeria…….na waoo…..endorse ..endorse….endorse …everywhere…..mtcheewwww

      • sir Oscie

        NO MIND OBJ JARE. WE HAVE SEEN HIM FOR WHAT HE IS. SAY NO TO gODFATHERISM IN NIGERIA.