I won’t talk about elections till after February 14 – Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he will no longer discuss the forthcoming general elections until after the polls.

Mr. Obasanjo said this on Wednesday while inaugurating a flyover bridge in Kano city constructed and named after him by the Kano State Government.

Asked by journalists to speak on current national concerns including the elections, Boko Haram and other issues, Mr. Obasanjo simply said, “I will not talk on elections till after February 14.”

The former president, however, commended the state Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for his achievements, saying the governor has the potential to rise to the highest office in the country.

He said Mr. Kwankwaso has acquired knowledge and experience over time as a career civil servant, minister and governor.

“Rabiu Kwankwaso ministerial job and many other serious jobs he undertook have propelled him to a brighter future,” said Mr. Obasanjo.

“The experience you acquired as minister of defence and other jobs you did project you in a good light for future endeavours and I believe God is not yet done with you.

“I pray and hope that after you step down from here, whatever you do you should be ready for the job and do it to the best of your ability because the future is still beckoning.”

The former president has come under pressure for supporting the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the February general elections.

While he avoided the delegation led by President Goodluck Jonathan to his Ota country home, Mr. Obasanjo had on January 13 adjusted his itinerary to receive an APC delegation led by its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

He not only received the APC delegation but he also expressed support for the Buhari presidency, come May 2015.

“Let me in a special way welcome Muhammadu,” Mr. Obasanjo had said.


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