ABEOKUTA – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed the claim that he had withdrawn his interest in the 2019 general election, saying it would be unwise of him to remain aback when the country is being govern by nepotism and incompetent leader.
Chief Obasanjo stated this on Sunday in a press statement signed by his Media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi and made available to NEWS FLAGSHIP in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
Chief Obasanjo who was reacting to a news report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) with the headline “Atiku: Obasanjo Shifts Political Gear To Neutral” said it was malicious for anyone to suggest that he was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign.
The former President reaffirmed that, he is on the side of what is best for Nigeria, adding that, he would not sit on the fence when he needed to be active for people to know where he stands in the best interest of Nigeria.
According to him, only a fool will remain neutral when the leadership of the country has been taken over by corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, and brazen impunity.
“It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family.
“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former President said at the Convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.
“Chief Obasanjo’s statement did not suggest his neutrality. In fact, the former President believes that only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious. Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise.”
He therefore urged Nigerians to stop complaining, but go out to vote for the beneficial change.
He said, “They must know that such change will not come if they remain inactive just complaining and complacent and they allow themselves to be deceived by sycophants and enemies of Nigeria. If they do not become active and get much needed change of the current administration to a government that will improve the economy, regain the confidence of investors and generally drive growth, development and economic progress with security, what is coming will be much worse than what Nigerians currently suffer.”