Obasanjo and Atiku Saga: I regret picking Atiku as my running mate Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, made headlines when he acknowledged that his selection of number two before the 1999 presidential election was a mistake. Obasanjo stated that the choice was one of his two biggest errors in a statement on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
According to The Punch, he said that the choice might have killed him. Obasanjo became the president as Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999 while the current presidential flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was his vice.
The former president said it was a mistake he committed in good faith, but was saved by God, even though he didn’t specifically mention Atiku in his remarks.
This was said by Obasanjo in response to queries from pupils from particular secondary schools who had taken part in the national exhibition and awards ceremony run by Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship.
Students from the participating schools presented and displayed some of their creations at the event, which was hosted at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
During his conversation with the children, the former president acknowledged that he had made numerous mistakes in his life—mistakes that he could define as genuine—but that God had enabled him to overcome them. “Choosing my number two when I wanted to be President was one of the greatest mistakes I made,” he said. But God saved me because I actually made a mistake. “The second time, Abacha intended to have me arrested. When Abacha planned to arrest me, the American ambassador informed me that they would do so and that their country had requested that I be granted asylum. I refused. I might not have survived if it had been a mistake.
“I’ll admit there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong, but God kept me from all of them,” I said.
Reaction on Obasanjo and Atiku Saga The Atiku Support Organization responds. The National Publicity Secretary of the Atiku Support Organization, Dr. Victor Moses, responded to Obasanjo’s statement by saying the former president had to be joking. Moses said that the former president couldn’t simply decide that he regretted picking Atiku as his campaign partner.
“Chief Obasanjo enjoys doing a lot of things,” he stated. He occasionally uses humor in his remarks, which some people take seriously and others find funny. Don’t forget that he supported Atiku for president in 2019 and said he had forgiven him for any misunderstandings they may have had.
Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe, responded by posting a video of Obasanjo endorsing Atiku on WhatsApp and writing, “In former President Obasanjo’s own words. Review what he said on his vice president at the time. Does it appear to be an accusation or remorse? Decide for yourself.
He still stands by what he said in the video. We responded to what he said in the video. It doesn’t sound regretful at all. He was praising his then-Vice President for his honorable service to him and the country and requesting that he be given more responsibility in recognition of his excellent work. As many people may remember, Atiku and his principal’s relationship soured near the conclusion of their second term.
As a result, Atiku left the PDP and joined the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), where he ran for president in 2007 but failed.
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