Buhari’s Endorsement: Obasanjo entitled to hisopinion, says PDP


By Henry Umoru & Gbenga Ariyibi
ABUJA—Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential
Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, reacted, yesterday,
to former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s
endorsement of the presidential candidate of All
Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu
Buhari (retd), saying he was entitled to his views as
an individual.
Answering questions from journalists in Abuja
yesterday, Director, Media and Publicity of PDPPCO,
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode told former President
Obasanjo and other supporters of Buhari that they
would all meet on the field on March 28 for the
presidential election.
Fani-Kayode, who noted that it was unfortunate for
Obasanjo to support the former Head of State, said
that the election would be about one man, one vote,
adding that the former President, like every other
Nigerian, was entitled to one vote.
He said: “I have not seen what he said or read his
text. He is entitled to his views. He is a leading
member of our party and we have great respect for
him. I believe it will be a very sad day indeed if from
what he knows about Buhari, he still goes ahead to
endorse him.
“This is about vote: about one man, one vote. But, we
wish him well if he did so. We will meet them on the
In his reaction, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti
State asked Nigerians to ignore Chief Obasanjo for
endorsing Buhari.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.
Idowu Adelusi, in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Fayose said
people should not take Obasanjo serious because of
his antecedent as a man who has a penchant for
deceiving people for his own political selfish end.
His words: “Obasanjo represents failure branding a
failed project to plunge the country into another
political crisis. Leaving President Jonathan and voting
for Buhari is like leaving the road and entering the
He noted that Obasanjo had been consistently
defeated by opposition parties in his place of birth
and his ward and maintained that the former
president was more of a liability.
Endorsement meaningless—OBANIKORO
Also, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro dismissed the
Obanikoro, in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle,
said: “Obasanjo’s endorsement of Buhari is
meaningless in Yorubaland and should be treated as
such across Nigeria.”
Obasanjo was, yesterday, reported to have declared
his support for Buhari.
Obasanjo spoke to Financial Times at the launch of
his autobiography entitled My Watch, in Nairobi,
He said: “The circumstances he (Buhari) will be
working under, if he wins the elections, are different
from the one he worked under before where he was
both the executive and the legislature— he knows
“He is smart enough. He is educated enough. He is
experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?”


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