Less than two months before the start of the 2023 general election, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday criticized All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his claim of ‘Emi Lokan’ (It is my turn). , saying that was the wrong attitude and mindset to present the Nigerian leadership.
The former president, who rebuked Tinubu in an open letter to Nigerians on New Year’s Day, specifically demanded that young Nigerians stand up and vote for Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi as Nigeria’s next president in 2023, so as to rescue your future from the hands of those who intend to ruin it.
“Let me say right away that ‘Emi Lokan’ (My turn) and ‘I have paid my dues’ are the same thing and it is the wrong attitude and mindset for the Nigerian leadership now. They cannot form the new pedestal to reinvent and invest in a new Nigeria based on an all-Nigeria government for the liberation and restoration of Nigeria.
“Such a government must have representation from all sectors of our national life: public, private, civil society, professionals, workers, employers and the diaspora. The solution must be in ‘us’ and ‘us’ and not in ‘me’ and ‘I’.
“I reiterate that no human being is an angel, much less a Messiah, but there are elements of these attributes and on a comparative basis and to the extent of what we know and what some of us have experienced of the main candidates, we must judiciously evaluate and choose wisely. If someone claims to have something to the contrary, it is up to him or her to prove us.
“None of the contestants are saints, but when one compares their character, background, their understanding, knowledge, discipline and stamina they can bring to the table and the great efforts it takes to stay focused on the job, particularly looking at where the country is today. and with the experience on the job that I personally had, Peter Obi as a trainee has an advantage,” he said.
In the New Year’s message titled “My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly Nigerian youth,” which he personally signed in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, on Sunday, Obasanjo also noted that he had listened carefully and personally discussed the four presidential leaders. candidates before settling for the candidacy of Obi, whom he described as a “needle with a thread attached from the north and the south and who cannot be lost”.
He added: “I think we should not be confused or gullible. Let’s be careful, so as not to be fooled again. I have interacted with the top contenders and I find it interesting that, in one way or another, each of them claims to want to do what I did during my presidency and get Nigeria to where it was at the height of my presidency and immediately after.”