The immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Wednesday said the endorsement of the All Progressive Congress’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, is meaningless.
Mr. Obasanjo, who spoke in Kenya at the launch of his book, My Watch, endorsed Mr. Buhari at the expense of Mr. Jonathan who he said was courting a military coup.
Mr. Obasanjo opposed arguments that Mr. Buhari would be dictatorial given his antecedents, saying “The circumstances Buhari will be working under if he wins the election are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature – he knows that”.
He also said Mr. Buhari is “smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough”.
Mr. Obanikoro, a Lagos State gubernatorial aspirant who lost out in the Peoples Democratic Party primary, said via twitter that “Obasanjo’s endorsement of Buhari is meaningless in Yorubaland and should be treated as such across Nigeria. Nigerians have not forgotten how Obasanjo subverted the democratic process with his failed 3rd term agenda”.
Mr. Obanikoro, an ardent supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan, has been at the centre of controversy having been heard in an audio recording of plotting to rig and rigging the Ekiti elections.
He denied the allegation that he helped rigged the Ekiti elections and described the tape as a creation of the APC.
But the Police Affairs Minister, Jelili Adesiyan, admitted the existence of the tape even though he said it was not evidence that PDP members rigged the Ekiti elections.