2019: Obasanjo not to be taken seriously anymore – Presidency

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The Nigerian Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former president Olusegun Obasanjo as a sign of confusion not worthy of its attention.

Mr Obasanjo recently said he is not neutral as far as the 2019 elections are concerned, adding that his position is that President Muhammadu Buhari must be voted out of office.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said whoever Mr Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant, as the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months alone.

“Former President Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day,” Mr Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said.

“When it pleases him, he brings God into the matter and uses that as his excuse for whatever position he has chosen,” he said.

Mr Shehu added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Mr Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to express a completely different stance after a day or two.

“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore.

“We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,” Mr Shehu said.

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