'Obasanjo is jealous of me' - Tinubu alleges
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has finally responded to the endorsement of Mr Peter OBi by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
While speaking to the crowd in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, on Thursday, the ex-governor of Lagos State claimed Obasanjo was "jealous" of his achievement.
Tinubu held his rally at the University of Benin Sports Complex as part of his campaign trail ahead of the February 25, 2023, presidential election.
The former governor said Mr Obi's endorsement won't affect the election result.
Tinubu, 70, claimed that Obasanjo withheld funds belonging to Lagos local governments to punish him when he was the governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.
He also claimed that Obasanjo and his then deputy, now the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar seized federal allocation belonging to Lagos State to buy cars for their girlfriends through what he termed as a "shady privatization scheme."
Tinubu asked the crowd, "Can that man recommend a leader for you in Nigeria?"
Emphasizing the endorsement, Tinubu said, "It won't work, they will end up in the ditch," citing an adage that "a blind leading the blind," apologizing ", I am sorry, I am not insulting visually impaired people."
"If I talk about Obasanjo and Obi…one who doesn't know the way cannot show the way," he added.
The Presidential candidates, including Mr Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, have visited Mr Obasanjo at his Abeokuta home to ask for his endorsement.
But on new year's day, the 85-year-old ex-President signed an open letter to Nigerians, endorsing the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, who he said has the edge over the other candidates.
On January 3, the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark, also endorsed Peter Obi as his preferred candidate.
The endorsement has not gone unnoticed, as many political leaders and parties, particularly the Presidency, the PDP and Tinubu's camp, have all reacted with attacks on Mr Obasanjo's reputation.
Mr Obi is popular among Nigerian youths and has been projected by numerous polls to win the election scheduled for next month, February 25.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.