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Obasanjo is given 48 hours to respond to PDP’s threat to expose him and his remarks about regretting choosing Atiku as vice president

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given former president Olusegun Obasanjo 48 hours to clarify a recent statement he made about regretting picking Atiku Abubakar as his vice-presidential candidate in 1999.

Obasanjo admitted over the weekend that he made a mistake in selecting his campaign mate for the 1999 presidential election.

The PDP Board of Trustee’s chairman, Senator Walid Jibril, stated on Monday, June 27, that while the party has a great deal of respect for the former president, it would be sad if the statement that has been attributed to him turned out to be true.

The party said that the former president was furious with Atiku Abubakar for delaying his plans for a third term despite the latter’s support for the Obasanjo administration. The party reportedly threatened to reveal the ex-character president if he did not clarify his remarks within 48 hours.

Jibril said this:

I would like to request that former President Obasanjo publicly reiterate what he has said.

WHETHER OR NOT HE MEANT WHAT WAS CREDITED TO HIM, OR IF HE WAS MISLED.

EVEN THOUGH HE HAS NOT DENIED WHAT WAS REPORTED, ONE CAN BELIEVE THAT WHAT WAS QUOTED TO HAVE BEEN SAID TO HIM IS CORRECT. HOWEVER, 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 CHOICE BUT TO BREAK THE EGG.

AFTER HELPING ATIKU SUCCEED, OBASANJO MAY STILL BE ANGRY WITH HIM, BUT POSSIBLY FOR TRUNCATING HIS THIRD TERM AGENDA. ALHAJI ABUBAKAR ATUKU is our presidential candidate, and I can assure you that, insha’Allah, he will hold the office come 2023.

Speaking about how the party’s primaries turned out and how Nyesom Wike would have been upset that Okowa was chosen over him, Jibril said:

‘GOVERNOR WIKE IS A GREAT PARTY MAN WHO FOUGHT FOR THE PARTY,’ we will say. ‘WHEN THE COMMITTEE IS CONSTITUTED, IN WHICH 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 BEGG HIM.’

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