In his usual style of dancing around a subject, to leave everyone guessing as to what his true intension is, or where his loyalty lays, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied ever out rightly saying he had endorsed candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari for the presidential election.
Speaking in the United Kingdom at the launch of his new book ‘My Watch’, Obasanjo while responding to questions on reports that he had endorsed Buhari, stated that his wish is to see Nigeria headed by a strong president.
Chief Obasanjo reacting to guests at the event who wanted to confirm the reported endorsement, said “Well, whatever you get in the paper and in the press, please yourself”.
Speaking further, Obasanjo explained: “What I said and I maintain that, and I will say it again and I will do it. When the time comes for me to vote, I will consider the track record of all the candidates that are contesting and I will assess, and based on my assessment for who I believe has the best track record to perform the job of the Nigerian president, then he will have my vote and if anybody should know what the job of the Nigerian president requires, I should know.”
Obasanjo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during an interview with the Financial Times at the launch of his book in Nairobi, Kenya, was quoted to have said, “The circumstances he (Buhari) would be working under if he wins the election is different from the ones he worked under before, where he was both the Executive and the Legislature, He knows that.
“He is smart enough, he is educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?” the former president had said.