Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he does not understand the role Senator Bola Tinubu plays as a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obasanjo said though Tinubu is supposed to be the leader of the APC, that he (Obasanjo) does not know the position of the former Lagos State governor’s leadership in the ruling party.
The former President stated this during a programme on a YouTube Channel, Voice of the People, and entitled “The Talk.”
The organisers of the programme had asked Obasanjo to identify the designations of certain political figures in Nigeria.
In his response, the former leader had identified Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the President and Vice President respectively.
He also mentioned Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.
He was then asked by his host to identify Tinubu and in his response he said, “Oh, Bola? Bola is supposed to be the leader of the APC. I don’t know the position of his leadership as you and I are talking.”
The programme took place apparently before Obasanjo forgave and endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abibakar.
He revealed during the programme, how he had hoped and was preparing Atiku, who served as his vice president to succeed him in 20017, but that Atiku failed him.
“Atiku didn’t want to become even a Vice President (in 1999). He was elected as a governor.”
“My plan was that he would be given a lot of work to do domestically and Atiku even used to complain that I gave him too much work to do, which was intentional because I wanted him to get to know things.
“My second term was that having prepared him for domestic issues, I would want him to represent Nigeria for one year at the African Union, Economic Community of West African States and the United Nations for a year so that he would be fully prepared, but the first thing I found out was that his judgement was not right on many occasions,” he said.
Speaking on current government, Obasanjo maintained that Buhari’s administration has failed in many areas.
Saying that as a watchman he would continue to speak up when things were going wrong, he called on Nigerians, most especially the youth, to in 2019 elect leaders who are in tune with “digital 21st century post – modern era” and not “analogue personalities.”
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