African Action Congress (AAC) Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, has taken a shot at the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for his public endorsement of his former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is also contesting in the 2019 presidential election. He claimed Obasanjo’s sensational u-turn over Atiku’s suitability for the presidency proves that he’s dishonest and unpatriotic.
Sowore while addressing the public at a summit, “African Leadership In The Millenium”, a part of Felabration 2018, in Lagos State, narrated how Atiku had failed to gain the endorsement of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, and how he had to run to Obasanjo afterward. He said:
“They (Atiku and his campaign team) had to leave Soyinka with their tails in-between their legs.
“Of course, the moment they saw that Soyinka could not be fooled, they went to that man in Ota who’s always speaking from both side of his mouth – a dishonest, unpatriotic, inhuman Obasanjo.
“The usual unpatriotic, inhuman and wicked Obasanjo invited Atiku to his house and told us that he has now forgiven Atiku. The same Atiku he claimed that God will not pardon him if he ever recommended him to be president of Nigeria.
“He recommended him again to go and destroy Nigeria. If it is true that there’s God and God doesn’t punish Obasanjo this time, so many of us will stop going to church.”
Sowore never stopped there, he went to take another shot at one of his biggest opponents who is the current president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari. He said Buhari is a useless man.
He went further to say Nigeria has no future if any of 75-year-old Buhari or 72-year-old Atiku is allowed to emerge victorious in the 2019 presidential election, noting that history has been kind to the people that destroyed Nigeria. He said:
“Sometimes, we don’t celebrate our own. We don’t celebrate the contributions that we’ve made at different times in this country. And that’s why I think they don’t teach history anymore. Because if we had history in our curriculum, somebody would have taught our children that Obasanjo is a bad person, that Babangida is a thief, that Atiku was a Customs officer who made it by stealing, that Buhari is a useless man. We didn’t need Donald Trump to tell us Buhari is lifeless.
“But here we are in 2018, there is a debate about who to choose between the worst and the baddest. And we’re all here still romanticising about what Nigeria should be in the future.
“Let me tell you, Nigeria has no future with these guys. It’s the truth. We have no future because people who destroyed your past cannot guarantee you any future.”
Sowore said Nigerians cannot hope to simply have power voluntarily transferred from one generation to another and must fight for it through a deliberate revolution.
He pointed out that the system is rigged to keep the old establishment in power and that Nigerians must resist it so as to actualize the country of their dreams and not one of their ineffective leaders.
The 2019 presidential election, scheduled for February 16, 2019, is expected to be keenly-contested between Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku who served as vice president between 1999 and 2007 and lost in the 2007 presidential election.