Contrary to an insinuation in the media that a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has endorsed one of the leading presidential aspirants, including President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking reelection, he has reportedly not done so. Frontline aspirants include former military head of state, Muhammadu Buhari; Obasanjo’s ex-deputy, Abubakar Atiku and Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso.
An aide of the former president, Oyewole Fasawe, debunked the insinuation in a statement he issued today, Monday, in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State. Fasawe said “Baba has not endorsed anyone and has not condemned anyone.”
“A statesman of his (Obasanjo) stature and pedigree, Fasawe stated, “can only pray and work towards peace and progress in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Those trying to exploit his friendliness to gain political advantage over other contenders are being unfair and doing so without Obasanjo’s approval.” He added that Obasanjo sees those aspirants in the different political parties as his political children and friends and would not endorse any how hard he is pressured.
Obasanjo’s efforts, as Fasawe pointed, are to ensure hit-free polls and transition in the coming election year.
Obasanjo is acknowledged by the various political interests as possessing immense influence and perceivably plays a role in who emerges the country’s president next year. Although a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, opposition leaders from the All Progressives Congress, APC, have been courting him. Ditto for his partymen.