The PDP Presidential Campaign Council has described the endorsement of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a personal opinion.
In a statement by Kola Olagbondiyan; Spokesperson of the PDP Campaign Organisation on Monday noted that Obasanjo’s opinion does not reflect the position of the overwhelming majority of Nigerians across the country emphasizing that the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is the most acceptable of all the candidates.
The statement, which was in reaction to the New Year message and an open letter to Nigerians where Obasanjo further stated that though none of the contestants is a saint, Mr. Obi has an edge when character, antecedent, understanding, knowledge, and discipline are to be compared.
Continuing, Mr. Ologbondiyan harped that Nigerians are surprised that in the face of the challenges facing the nation, which requires a tried and tested hand, Mr. Obasanjo “is suggesting a candidate that has not had any experience in governance. e at the national level.
“Remarkable as Mr. Obasanjo’s opinion might appear, it remains individualistic and cannot redirect Nigerians from their determination to, rally with the more experienced, proficient, and accepted candidate – Atiku.
“It will be extremely difficult for Nigerians, particularly the youth demography, to accept Chief Obasanjo’s opinion as the solution to the myriad of challenges facing the nation today because the last candidate he introduced, by his estimation, failed Nigerians.
“Atiku remains the most widely accepted candidate, whose choice is not predicated by sectional, tribal, ethnic or religious sentiments or the endorsement of any individual, high or low, but by the record of ability, and performance, authentic vision, honesty, and character; physical and mental capacity; the very indices set by the former President.”
Relatedly, the PDP campaign council also held that every claim by the former president on the success of his administration is a reflection of the performance of Atiku as his vice president and Chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC).
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It, therefore, urged Nigerians not to be distracted by subjective opinions but to remain focused on the resolve to salvage the nation by electing Atiku as the next president of Nigeria.