The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given former president Olusegun Obasanjo 48 hours to clarify a recent statement he made about regretting picking Atiku Abubakar as his vice-presidential candidate in 1999.
Obasanjo admitted over the weekend that he made a mistake in selecting his campaign mate for the 1999 presidential election.
The PDP Board of Trustee’s chairman, Senator Walid Jibril, stated on Monday, June 27, that while the party has a great deal of respect for the former president, it would be sad if the statement that has been attributed to him turned out to be true.
The party said that the former president was furious with Atiku Abubakar for delaying his plans for a third term despite the latter’s support for the Obasanjo administration. The party reportedly threatened to reveal the ex-character president’s if he did not clarify his remarks within 48 hours.
In Jibril’s words:
“I WISH TO APPEAL TO FORMER PRESIDENT OBASANJO TO COME OUT OPENLY TO REPEAT WHAT HE HAS SAID
WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS MISQUOTED OR MEANT WHAT WAS CREDITED TO HIM.
ALTHOUGH HE HAS NOT DEBUNKED WHAT WAS REPORTED, ONE CAN ASSUME THAT WHAT WAS QUOTED TO HAVE BEEN SAID BY HIM IS CORRECT, BUT IF HE FAILS TO OPENLY COME OUT AND SAY WHICH IS CORRECT IN 48 HOURS, YOU WILL HEAR THE BOMBARDMENT AND I WILL HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO BREAK THE EGG AND TELL THE WHOLE WORLD AND NIGERIANS WHO IS OBASANJO.
THERE IS NO DOUBT OBASANJO MAY STILL BE ANGRY WITH ATIKU EVEN AFTER HELPING HIM TO SUCCEED BUT PERHAPS FOR TRUNCATING HIS THIRD TERM AGENDA. IN ANY CASE, ALHAJI ABUBAKAR ATUKU IS OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND I CAN TELL YOU FOR SURE THAT HE WILL BE THE PRESIDENT IN 2023 INSHA ALLAH.”
While speaking on the outcome of the party’s primaries and the selection of Okowa over Nyesom Wike which might have angered the latter, Jibril said:
”GOVERNOR WIKE IS A GREAT PARTY MAN WHO FOUGHT FOR THE PARTY, WHEN THE COMMITTEE IS CONSTITUTED, IN WHICH WE WILL ALSO BRING OTHER CONTESTANTS TOGETHER, WE WILL GO AND MEET WITH GOVERNOR WIKE AND APPEAL TO HIM EVEN IF IT MEANS KNEELING DOWN TO BEG HIM.”