FULL SPEECH: I have forgiven you-know-what, Obasanjo tells Atiku

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Peoples Democratic Party Presidential flag bearer, Abubakar Atiku shares a smile with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as party Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus watches. PHOTO: Yinka Olukoya

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,on Thursday, declared that he has forgiven his former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over those things he did against him, PDP and the country.

He made this declaration in his remarks during Atiku’s visit to his Abeokuta home,that the  presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming 2019 general elections,should learn from his past mistakes.

The former president, had in an interview, sometimes ago, vowed not to forgive Atiku for his inactions while in office as the vice president during his eight year’s administration from 1999-2007, submitting that Atiku’s had been remorseful by his action in recent times.

He acknowledged that Atiku had re-positioned and re-discovered himself for the task ahead whereby congratulating him as the nation’s next President-to-be.

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Obasanjo noted that Atiku has all the wherewithal to administer the country better than President Muhammadu Buhari based on his exposure.

“Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.

“Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo.  In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku.  And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself.  As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

“I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

“From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

“Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you,” he added.

The former President urged him to go round and make fences and amendment both at the  national and international levels, appreciating him for reconciling with the party which automatically paid way for him in becoming the party’s candidate.

He promised to work with Atiku based on his change of attitude where his services are needed for the good of the country while advising him to uphold truth, integrity,principles,morality fight corruption, crimes and insurgency.

Obasanjo said: “Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party.  That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party. In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

“There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends.  You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.  But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared.  And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

“I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate –  all at the national level.  With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

” From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

“You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said: “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

“As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard. On your behalf, I thank them all. May their coast continue to be expanded. And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin.

“Although, some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.

“Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency.  The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.”

In his remarks, Atiku, said the happiest moment of his life was the day OBJ declared that his sins had been forgiven.

Those in attendance at the meeting were the chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the Bishop of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo; the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah;  Islamic Cleric, Ahmed Gumi, Senator Ben Bruce-Murray; the Director General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Chief Gbenga Daniel among other eminent personalities.

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I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself.

Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.

Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo.  In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku.  And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself.  As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself.  I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you.  Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party.  That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party.  In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends.  You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.  But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared.  And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate –  all at the national level.  With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs.  You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways.  As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.”  And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard.  On your behalf, I thank them all.  May their coast continue to be expanded.  And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin.  Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.

Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency.  The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.

Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

The fundamentals for our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure.  Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.

All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

Once again, congratulations and I wish you well.  My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen.  I will now count on you to encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.

God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

14 Comments
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  2. Alexander Brown says

    BUHARI shouting at top of his voice during federal executive council meeting today!

    Lai Mohammad what am I seeing?

    BABA, I no understand oooo
    “NA DEM DEY RUSH ATIKU NOW OO

    Even Sheikh Gumi and kukah?
    Shege,dan banza munapiki

  3. Zagi Dass says

    The same obasanjo who said God will not forgive him if he supports Atiku Abubakar to be president. Let us wait for his press conference and see whether he will ask God to forgive him for daring God.

  4. Ade Adeola Ajayi says

    Yeye dey smell

  5. Akhimie Godwin says

    Obasanjo was stampeded to endorse the man he once accused of corruption. Don’t take all this expired politicians serious.

  6. Solomon Barau says

    Atiku is a rebel son who stop the third term of his father

  7. Laolu Adetunji says

    Na double mouth!
    Hossana Today, crucify him Tomorrow!
    ‘enu won lefa, enu won leje ‘…….

  8. Emmanuel Obioma says

    Chief Olusegun Obasanjo by this action has shown that he loves Nigerua. He has forgiven our president -to- be. I pray that Buhari will learn to forgive.people especially Dasuki.

  9. Olutayo Komolafe says

    I cannot believe Baba Obasanjo said this, because about a month now Baba said he cannot entrust his purse with Atiku. What has changed?

  10. Hussaini Muhammad Imam says

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  11. Hussaini Muhammad Imam says

    you write a latter it didn’t work, you create coalition it didn’t work, you endorsed ADC party it didn’t work and now you endorsed the most corrupt person in this country by God grace in Febuhari 2019 we will disgrace you all the motherfuckers.

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    OBJ & Mr. A. A. are partners in corruption and crime and therefore it’s not surprising if they support one another against integrity, statism and patriot

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