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The Nigerian Presidency said it’s least surprised by the endorsement of the PDP Presidential candidate, a former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar who was endorsed by his former boss and President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday afternoon.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Thursday evening.
Shehu said the endorsement of Atiku, which he described as a well-rehearsed theatre cannot distract his boss, adding that they will lose the election together.
The Presidency said the move showed the usual ego trip and “I know it all” character of Obasanjo.
Garba said Nigerians voted for change in 2015 because they know that only Buhari and the All Progressives Congress can provide it.
He described Obasanjo as pompous because he advised Nigerians not to vote for his boss, adding that it “is the best recommendation that can come at this time”
The Presidency said “Bent on these laudable goals, we will not allow ourselves to be distracted.
“We are busy on various national issues including the restructuring and the diversification of the economy, fighting corruption, terrorism and other threats to national security; increasing the availability of electric power, improving education, health, and providing long-delayed infrastructure – roads, rail, airports and so forth.
“Many governments have come and gone, but they did not care about some of these projects.
“We were talking about these things for sixteen years under the PDP and nothing was done.
“President Buhari is proud of his record because his achievements are verifiable, while that of the PDP is manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large-scale corruption during their governance.
“The President will not relent in the war against corruption because the ordinary people are the ultimate victims if we surrender to corruption and let its perpetrators go unpunished.
“Abandoning the war against corruption is not an option. President Buhari is in this battle against graft because he cannot allow a few, rapacious, and selfish class of the elite to divert the resources meant for the well-being of the ordinary people to their private pockets.
“Nigerians trust President Buhari in this effort because they are convinced he is not in government for personal financial benefits, or for an ego trip. It is just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that.”