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Presidency Cries Out: Obasanjo Ganging Up Against Buhari For Atiku

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday showed himself as a good forgiving leader, saying he has reviewed his stance not to back his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, for the Presidency in 2019, and gave him his support.

But in a swift panic-like reaction, the Presidency said no amount of gang-up can stop President Muhammadu Buhari from winning next year’s presidential election.

In addition, the Buhari Campaign Organisation described Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku as untenable, claiming that “the gathering of the politicians and the men of God was a “confederate of desperate power-mongers and questionable characters who wish to return us to the era of unbridled corruption.”

Obasanjo disclosed that he is now at peace with Atiku after a closed-door the meeting which also included the founder of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo; Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah and popular Islamic preacher, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.

Atiku, who arrived the venue at about 1:05 pm, was also joined by former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former governor of Ogun State and DG, Atiku Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; former governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce; Otunba Oyewole Fasawe and leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, among others.

The former vice president only last weekend emerged the presidential candidate of the PDP at its national convention in Port Harcourt.

Speaking when Atiku and his team visited him yesterday, Obasanjo said he believed Atiku had “re-discovered and re-positioned himself’ and is now good enough to enjoy support in the next election.”

No gang-up can stop Buhari — Presidency 
Reacting to Obasanjo’s declaration of support for Atiku yesterday, the Presidency said no amount of gang-up against President Buhari would stop him from winning the presidential election next year.

Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina, on his Twitter handle, said despite the re-grouping of politicians against President Buhari, his victory was assured in next year’s election.

He tweeted: “The harder they come, the harder they fall. 2019 presidential election on my mind.”

On his part, Atiku said he's ready to give Nigerians a better deal in 2019.