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Obasanjo to join mega party only if Atiku is not presidential candidate

Emma Nwachukwu

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  • Former president lays out conditions for joining new ‘Mega party’

  • Reveals Buhari lacks the capacity to run Nigeria

  • pledges support to party only if Atiku is not presidential candidate

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has indicated interest in joining the new mega party allegedly being formed by Ahmed Markarfi (PDP), Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar (APC) but only on one condition, Atiku will not be the 2019 presidential candidate.

Investigations by politics Nigeria reveal that when approached, ‘Baba’ was welcome to the idea of forming a new party but was quick to state that his support will gotten on the grounds that his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar does not emerge as the presidential candidate of the party in the 2019 elections.

According to a source privy to the meeting, Obasanjo addressed the group that met with him, informing them that he had made too many mistakes in his life and for the nation, including the blanket support he claimed to have granted the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, and therefore was not prepared to make any more mistakes.

He added that although he was quick to support the All progressives congress in the 2015 elections, he had reservations on the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the presidential candidate. He reiterated Buhari’s unimpressive record as a leader, adding that he had to tag along since the party had settled for him.

He also stated that anyone with the minimum ‘requirements’ could be selected as the presidential candidate but certainly not Atiku.

The source further revealed that in the meeting, Obasanjo revealed that at the December 2014 primaries, where Buhari was selected as the presidential candidate, he kicked against it, warning Amaechi and a few others that Buhari was not capable enough to run the country. He told them back Kwankwaso but his contributions fell on deaf ears.

He says he won’t make the same mistake again with Atiku emerging as the 2019 candidate of the party.


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