The Presidency has declared that the joining together of forces by former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is inconsequential as both men would “lose together” in the 2019 presidential election.
The presidency said this in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Thursday in reaction to what it described as a “predictable U-turn and somersault” endorsement of Atiku by Obasanjo for the presidential election.
According to the presidency, the endorsement of Atiku by Obasanjo, who it described as “pompous” and not President Muhammadu Buhari showed his ignorance about the trends of today’s politics, noting that they were least surprised by the “well-rehearsed theatre” press conference that held in Abekouta, the Ogun State capital.
The statement read, “They will lose together. Listening to the prepared statement of the former President after the meeting showed the usual ego trip and “I know it all” character of Chief Obasanjo.
“In the first place, we dare to say that a pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.
“It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance.”
The statement noted that it was just 11 years ago in the full glare of Nigerians when the former president accused Atiku, his then vice president of corruption, a deviant, the presidency said, President Buhari is fighting against in the Nigerian society.
The presidency said President Buhari had fulfiled the mandate given to him by Nigerians in 2015 to bring about change and good governance in the country, insisting that it is only him that continue to sustain such achievements going into 2019.
It said that the President is “proud of his record” on managing various national issues such as the restructuring and the diversification of the economy, fighting corruption, terrorism and other threats to national security; increasing the availability of electric power, amongst others as they are verifiable.
It added that the aforementioned issues were neglected by the PDP when it was in government for 16 years as a result of the “large scale corruption” which allegedly manifested during their time in governance.
The presidency said President Buhari would not be distracted in his fight against corruption as he will not allow a few elites to arrogate the commonwealth of the entire Nigerian nation to themselves, while majority of Nigerians are groaning.
“Abandoning the war against corruption is not an option. President Buhari is in this battle against graft because he cannot allow a few, rapacious, and selfish class of the elite to divert the resources meant for the well-being of the ordinary people to their private pockets.
“Nigerians trust President Buhari in this effort because they are convinced he is not in government for personal financial benefits, or for an ego trip”, the statement added.