The Peoples Democratic Party have given former President Olusegun Obasanjo 48 hours to clarify the comment he made over the weekend.
Obasanjo had said he made a mistake in choosing his vice ahead of the 1999 presidential election. The party blasted the former President and threatened to expose his character if he failed to clarify his statement
Although the former President did not mention any name in his statement, he said it was a mistake he made in good faith but was saved by God.
Meanwhile, the party noted that Obasanjo was elected president in 1999 along with the current PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as his vice-president.
The Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibril, while addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, said although the party has great respect for the former President, it would be disappointing if the statement credited to him turned out to be true.
Furthermore, he claimed that despite Atiku Abubakar’s assistance to the Obasanjo administration, Obasanjo was upset with him for shortchanging his plans for a third term.
“I wish to appeal to former President Obasanjo to come out openly to repeat what he has said,” Jibril said. “Whether or not he was misquoted or meant what was credited to him.
“Although he has not debunked what was reported, one can assume that what was quoted to have been said by him is correct, but 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 option but to break the egg and tell the whole world and Nigerians who is Obasanjo.
“There is no doubt Obasanjo may still be angry with Atiku even after helping him to succeed but perhaps for truncating his third term agenda. In any case, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku is our presidential candidate, and I can tell you for sure that he will be the President in 2023, insha Allah.”
The BoT Chairman stated that a powerful reconciliatory committee is soon to be formed to meet with Governor Wike and appeal to him regarding the outcome of the Presidential primaries and the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Atiku’s running mate, which may have incensed Governor Nyesom Wike.
”Governor Wike is a great party man who fought for the party. 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 to beg him,” he said.