- Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions received a boost earlier this year when former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared his support for him.
- Speaking at a recent event in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, Obasanjo shared more insights into why he prefers Obi.
- Interestingly, one of Obi’s co-contenders is Atiku Abubakar, who served as Vice President under Obasanjo.
Abeokuta – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Peter Obi, the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, is better than his co-contestants in the upcoming Nigerian presidential election.
Obasanjo made the remarks on Thursday, January 19, in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, during an interactive session.
The former president, in a New Year’s message, titled ‘My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly the young Nigerians’, expressed his support for Obi.
Punch quoted him as saying:
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“The word I used is that a particular candidate has an advantage. Taking it all together, I take the character, the background, the vision, and what you see in this man as a child of God.
“I said that you all claimed to be my apprentices, and of course I won’t deny it, but if you are my apprentice, you must also admit that I know you a little, and if I know you a little. .
“I wrote a letter that was almost six and a half pages long and then it only had one sentence: ‘Why, as a Nigerian, should you vote for someone whose character, reputation and life you would not want for your children?’”
“You are either evil, unpatriotic, or a truly horrible citizen of this country, and if this is what you are, what do you want God to do with you?
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“During the last three days I have had about 35 young people that I have been talking to and they have all told me that education, security and corruption is what worries them; the question is, who then can do it?
Young people give Soludo 48 hours to reinstall Peter Obi’s campaign posters
Meanwhile, the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo to reinstate the campaign billboards belonging to Obi.
The Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency dismantled Obi’s campaign billboards in the state last week.
Following the removal, the Daily Post reports that the Igbo youth coalition condemned Soludo’s actions, stating that if the billboards are not restored, the governor will face the consequences.
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For his part, Damon Wilson, President and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), says the large number of young voters registered in Nigeria ahead of the upcoming general election is remarkable.
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Wilson made the comment while chatting with a legit.ng reporter and other journalists on the sidelines of a meeting he held with pro-democracy activists, civil society leaders and other partners in Abuja on Wednesday, January 18.
He added that the fact that the upcoming presidential elections are unpredictable makes them even more exciting.