Former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that he chose his vice president incorrectly in 1999 has alarmed the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Prior to the 1999 presidential election, the former President said on Saturday that he had chosen his number two incorrectly.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s front-runner for president, served as Obasanjo’s vice president when he was popularly elected president in 1999.
The former president claimed it was a mistake he committed in good faith but was spared by God, but he made no specific reference of Atiku in his remarks.
He said, “One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two when I wanted to become the President. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me.”
But the party responded by threatening to expose the former president and “tell Nigerians who he is in reality” if Obasanjo did not clarify the remarks attributed to him within 48 hours.
Senator Walid Jibril, the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, made the threat at a press conference in Kaduna on Monday. He added that while the party has a lot of respect for the former president, it would be sad if the statement attributed to him were to be shown to be true.
Jibril, a Second Republic Senator, said, “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 Obasanjo is.
“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 Atiku is our presidential candidate and I can tell you for sure that he will be the President in 2023 Insha Allah.”
While discussing the choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate, Jibril also stated that a powerful reconciliatory committee will soon be established to meet with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
The BoT Chairman stated that a powerful reconciliatory committee would soon be formed to meet with Governor Wike and make an appeal to him over the outcome of the presidential primaries and the selection of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Atiku’s running mate, which may have offended Governor Wike.
“Governor Wike is a great party man who fought for the party. When the committee is constituted, 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,” he said.