Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his erstwhile deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, resumed their feud Saturday after Obasanjo said God will not forgive him if he supports Atiku’s presidential bid ahead of 2019 elections.
Atiku, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), immediately responded that his former boss should tidy up his relationship with God, instead of hanging his judgment with the Supreme Being on things concerning him.
When asked in an interview with Premium Times, whether he will support Atiku’s 2019 presidential bid, Obasanjo said: “How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what? If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support.
“I do not have personal grudges with anyone,” he continued. “If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.
“I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed.”
The Atiku 2019 Presidential Campaign has however responded to Obasanjo’s bombshell, saying while they respect him, he should go and settle with his God.
“It is a little bit suspect what Obasanjo means, that God will not forgive him if he supports Atiku. I think that is really a personal relationship between him and his God, and it will be better for him to use his later years to tidy up relationship between himself and his God, instead of hanging his judgement with God on things that concern him and Atiku.
The former vice-president expressed the hope that Obasanjo will “reconsider his stand in line with the wish of the majority of Nigerians, which, in my opinion now, is that of all the aspirants for the office of President, that H.E. Atiku Abubakar has the experience, has the democratic credentials, has the vision, has the workable programme and is in sync with what the Nigeria nation needs now and can leapfrog it to higher levels of development.”
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