African Action Congress presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore has called former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of his Labor Party counterpart Peter Obi an “endorsement for failure”.

Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi on Sunday sparked reactions in rival political camps, with the All Progressives Congress describing it as a “worthless” political move, adding that it would not affect the ambition of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu. The Peoples’ Democratic Party also shared a similar opinion.

Reacting Monday via a Facebook post, Sowore described Obasanjo as an overrated Nigerian ruler who “made a fetish out of Nigerian rumination.”

He said that instead of Obasanjo’s endorsement, he would rather be satisfied with “the endorsement of the people.”

“Obasanjo’s repeated endorsement of @Peter Obi shows once again that the three-time overrated Nigerian ruler has a fetish for the ruin of Nigeria.

“Failure endorsing Failure. We yearn for and are satisfied with the support of the people”, said the standard-bearer of the AAC.

In his New Year message, Obasanjo described Obi as his apprentice, noting that the former Anambra state governor had an advantage in the 2023 election.

Obasanjo said: “None of the contestants are saints, but when one compares their character, background, understanding, knowledge, discipline and vitality they can bring to the table and the great efforts required to stay focused on work, particularly looking at where the country is today and with the on-the-job experience I had, Peter Obi as an apprentice has an advantage.

“Others, like all of us, have what they can collectively contribute to the new dispensation for the deliverance, restoration and salvation of Nigeria.

“Another important point to note about Peter is that he is a needle with threads attached from the north and south and may not get lost.

“In other words, you have people who can pull your ears, if and when you need to. He has a capable young running mate with a clean record of achievement in both public and private life.”