Buhari wouldn’t have won if I didn’t support him, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said President Muhammadu Buhari would not have won the 2015 presidential election without his support .
He also urged Ogun State Governor , Ibikunle Amosun , to let God decide the next governor of the state .

Obasanjo spoke on Wednesday during the annual Ibogun - Olaogun Day celebration in Ibogun in the Ifo Local Government Area of the state .

Obasanjo said he had what it took to correct Buhari , adding that Nigeria should be in a better position than it was presently .

He said , “Buhari will continue to address me as ‘ sir.’ In 2015 , if I didn ’t support Buhari , he wouldn ’t have won the election .

“I have what it takes to correct him . Nigeria should not be in the position we are today . Nigeria can be better . God has given us all that we need .

“I am qualified to speak against Buhari . One , I have done it before. Two, I have shed my blood for this country . Why can ’t I speak about what is best for this country . I am doubly qualified to do that .”

Obasanjo also said his choice and that of Amosun , who was also at the event , did not align regarding who becomes the next governor of the state .

The elder statesman , however , advised the people to support whoever emerged governor .
He cautioned politicians against sponsoring violence in the state , declaring that there was no reason for the state not to have a peaceful election.

Obasanjo asked the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress , Gboyega Isiaka , and Abdulkabir Akinlade of the Allied People ’s Movement to embrace each other and exchange pleasantries openly at the event .

He warned the two candidates to shun violence , saying they would regret it if their supporters remained violent .

He described Amosun as his brother who would remain dear to his heart till he dies , but said on the issue of the present political journey in the state , their choices may not and do not align .

Obasanjo said , “I have made my choice . It may not be in tandem with yours ( Amosun ) .
“Let my choice be and let yours be and let God decide. Whoever gets there , let all of us support him .

“There is no earthly reason why we should not have peaceful election in the state .”
Speaking earlier , Amosun cautioned politicians against heating up the polity , urging them to conduct themselves responsibly .

The governor , who lauded Obasanjo for consistently identifying with his root , said it should serve as a lesson for all to always identify with their roots .

Although Obasanjo and Amosun disagreed on who should become the next governor , they were said to be on the same page on the need for the next governor to be from Ogun West Senatorial district .

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