Leave Obasanjo alone, go to Gowon, IBB or Abdulsalam for your endorsement – Shehu Sani

Former Senator Shehu Sani, Senator (Kaduna Central), on Monday, has advised those attacking Olusegun Obasanjo because he did not support them or their candidates for the 2023 presidential election, to look elsewhere, rather than continue ranting.


Using his Twitter handle to make the suggestion, Sani, an outspoken activist and critic, directed such people to other former Presidents, such as former military President, Ibraheem Babangida and General Abubakar Abdulsallam, and leave the former President alone with his choice.


“Obasanjo has made his choice. He is entitled to his opinion. He should not be attacked. Those who can’t get his endorsement should seek that of Gowon, IBB or Abdulsallam, they are equally credible former military and political leaders. Ordinary President of Berekete is also available,” he said.


Obasanjo, in officially endorsing Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, not only declared his support, but explained that the former Governor of Anambra State, towered above other candidates.


Obasanjo, had, in his letter, “My Appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians,” given reason for his decision saying: “None of the contestants is a saint but when one compares their character, antecedent, their understanding, knowledge, discipline and vitality that they can bring to bear and the great efforts required 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 mentee has an edge.“


Urging Nigerian youths to be more deliberate about the choices they make, adding that the 2023 elections should not be taken for granted, he said: “I am constrained to write this letter to all Nigerians especially young Nigerians, friends of Nigeria globally as well as our development partners because of the gravity, responsibility and implications of the collective decision Nigerians, both young and old, will be making within the next two months.


“Our leaders have done their best, but their best had turned out to be not the best for Nigeria and Nigerians at home and abroad. For most Nigerians, it was hell on earth.


“I have come to realise a number of factors in character, attributes and attitude that are necessary in the job of directing the affairs of Nigeria successfully and at a time like this. These characteristics or attributes are many but let us be mindful of some key ones together.”



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