‘You’re Nonetheless Bitter’ – Atiku’s Camp Hits Obasanjo Over Remark

A member of the Atiku Abubakar presidential election technical committee, AbdulRasheed Shehu, has responded to

A member of the Atiku Abubakar presidential election technical committee, AbdulRasheed Shehu, has responded to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s assertion that selecting Atiku to be his vice chairman was a mistake.

Talking at an occasion organized by the College students for the Development of World Entrepreneurship on the weekend, Obasanjo recalled two errors he made as a navy head of state and as a civilian president.

He described the selection of Atiku as his working mate within the 1999 presidential election as a “real mistake” that God saved him from.

The previous president mentioned his second mistake was through the navy regime of Sani Abacha, when he rejected a proposal for asylum in the US when he was to be arrested, detained and probably killed by the regime.

“One of many errors I made was choosing my quantity two once I wished to turn into the President. However as a result of it was a real mistake, God saved me.

“The second was when Abacha wished to arrest me. When Abacha wished to arrest me, I used to be instructed by the American ambassador that they’d arrest me and that America had requested that I needs to be given an asylum. I mentioned no. It may have been a mistake as a result of I may have misplaced my life.

“I’ll say there are a lot of issues that would have been a mistake however God saved me from all of them,” he said through the occasion held on the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

However responding to Obasanjo in a tweet, Shehu, who’s founding father of the Atiku Kawai Media Group, claimed that the previous president was “nonetheless bitter” that Atiku annoyed his tenure elongation agenda, in any other case often called ‘Third Time period Agenda’ in 2007.

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“Surprisingly, OBJ continues to be bitter about his failed third time period agenda. Though the PDP household holds him in excessive esteem, his latest assertion is unbecoming. Had @atiku not fought that egocentric and unconditional drive, Yar’adua, Jonathan, and Buhari wouldn’t have sniffed the presidency,” tweeted Shehu.

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Atiku, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), was supported by Obasanjo when he ran towards the incumbent President Muhammadu within the 2019 polls.

Obasanjo served as Nigeria’s president from 1999 to 2007 with Atiku as his vice chairman.

He had denied having a hand within the tenure elongation agenda which was a plan to switch the structure to allow him serve a 3rd four-year time period as president on the finish of his second time period in 2007.

However the then Senate President, Ken Nnamani, had faulted Obasanjo’s declare, saying the previous president instructed him personally in regards to the third time period plan and that the chief arm finally sponsored a invoice to that impact.

“Instantly I turned Senate President, he instructed me of his intentions and instructed me how he wished to attain it. I initially didn’t take him severely till the occasions started to unfold,” Nnamani had instructed The Punch in a 2012 interview.

“There was a time that there was a hearsay that heavy sums of cash had been doled out to Nationwide Meeting members (Senate), that every of us obtained N50m – that interprets into greater than N8bn, together with different sums that had been shared.

“If he (Obasanjo) is claiming that the third time period was not his agenda, the place may such cash have come from and for what goal? Didn’t he give directions to the Central Financial institution of Nigeria Governor then to dole out the cash?

“If he’s claiming that he by no means initiated the thought, who then initiated the discharge of greater than N8bn from the CBN coffers? Is it not solely the president that has entry to CBN vaults? Or does any lawmaker or senator have entry to it?

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“How can somebody speak like this that he didn’t find out about it, but cash, each in native and foreign exchange, exchanged palms,” he requested.

“I’m telling you that as the person who presided over it (third time period invoice), that it was an government invoice. I can defend this anyplace and anytime, with greater than sufficient information that I’ve given to you. Nobody ought to declare ignorance. If anybody is saying that the invoice was not an government invoice, then such an individual is simply being a liar. At a sure age in life, there are specific issues one shouldn’t count on from an previous man.”