Shortly after their closed door assembly, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, addressed a press convention the place he introduced he has forgiven his former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and could be supporting his presidential bid.
Learn what he stated on the press convention beneath.
“Let me begin by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success on the current PDP Major and I took notice of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it began right here.
“Sure, when it began, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. Within the presence of those distinguished leaders of goodwill right this moment, let me say it brazenly that we’ve got reviewed what went mistaken on the facet of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I’ve repeatedly stated, it’s not a lot what you probably did towards me that was the problem however what you probably did towards the Party, the Authorities and the nation.
“I took the stand I had taken based mostly on the character and attributes you exhibited within the place you discovered your self. I strongly consider that I used to be proper. It was within the total curiosity of everybody and all the pieces to take such a place.
“From what transpired within the final couple of hours or so, you’ve gotten proven regret; you’ve gotten requested for forgiveness and you’ve got indicated that you’ve learnt some good classes and you’ll mend fences and make amends as crucial and as fascinating.
“Every time or wherever you may need offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on every day foundation, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to study from the previous and do what is true and it will likely be nicely with you. Clearly, you’ve gotten mended fences with the Party and totally reconciled with the Party. That’s why right this moment, you’re the Presidential Candidate of the Party. Along with appreciating all that the Party has completed for you, could I counsel you to work along with all those that contested for the Party’s flag with you as a crew to your marketing campaign.
“There are nonetheless areas, nationally and internationally, the place it’s important to mend fences and make amends. You’ll know deal with what’s already out and what could but be put out by the opposition. However, I’m satisfied that if you happen to proceed with the angle that introduced you right here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with regret and contrite coronary heart, the remainder of the coast inside and out of doors the nation might be cleared. And if there’s something I can do and also you need me to do in that respect, I’ll do.
“I’m positive with the proper angle for change the place crucial, and by placing classes realized by you to work, you’re going to get the understanding, cooperation, assist and mandate – all on the nationwide degree. With Nigerians voting for you, it’ll imply that you simply safe their forgiveness and regain their confidence. Will probably be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the street to Damascus Conversion. In spite of everything, change and conversion are of man. I consider that with a contrite coronary heart, change is feasible in everyone’s life and scenario.
“For me, comparatively and of all of the aspirants within the PDP, you’ve gotten the widest and best publicity, expertise, outreach and presumably the perfect equipment and preparation for seeing the powerful and sure soiled marketing campaign forward by way of. From what I personally know of you, you’ve gotten capability to carry out higher than the incumbent. You absolutely perceive the economic system higher; you’ve gotten enterprise expertise, which may make your administration business-friendly and enhance the economic system and supply jobs.
“You’ve gotten higher outreach nationally and internationally and that may translate to raised administration of overseas affairs. You might be more accessible and fewer rigid and more open to all components of the nation in some ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time working mate of the incumbent President stated, “You’re a wazobia man.” And that ought to make it easier to in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.
“As you recognize, alongside the street to the place you might be right this moment, many leaders and strange folks cooperated and overtly and covertly labored laborious. In your behalf, I thank all of them. Could their coast proceed to be expanded. And if you turn into Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you can be, bear in mind what we did collectively in authorities – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians the place advantage and efficiency depend more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin. Though a while and floor have been misplaced, it is best to endeavour to start out from the place we stopped and get well some misplaced floor, if not time.
“Please uphold fact, integrity, rules, morality and battle corruption, crimes and insurgency. The elemental legislation of the land, our structure have to be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you right this moment, I want you to say earlier than God and man that you’ll at all times stay irrevocably dedicated to upholding ALL the provisions of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the entire nation will stay your single indivisible constituency.
“Constitutionalism, widespread participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the previous three and half years. They are going to guarantee abiding religion in our indivisibility, oneness and religion within the survival of all towards none.
“The basics for our improvement, financial progress and progress are laborious and tender infrastructure. Keep in mind to at all times give satisfactory locations in your administration to our youth and girls.
“All of the authorities concerned with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election should make sure that the election is free, honest and credible.
“As soon as once more, congratulations and I want you nicely. My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thanks for making this occur. I’ll now depend on you to encourage all palms to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the extent God has created it to be – autopilot degree.”