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Femi Fani-Kayode: Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Peter Obi a mistake

Femi Fani-Kayode

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s decision to endorse Peter Obi of the Labour Party has been called “the biggest mistake” by former aviation minister Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

Obasanjo had written a four-page letter endorsing Peter Obi and warning young Nigerians against the harmful effects of the “Emi lokan” leadership philosophy.

As he likened the current scenario in Nigeria to going from “frying pan to fire,” the country’s former leader also advised young Nigerians on what to seek in a leader they want to hoist on themselves in the upcoming elections.

But in an essay headlined “WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO OUR BABA?,” the former adviser to ex-president Obasanjo claims that Chief Obasanjo’s endorsement of Peter Obi was his biggest mistake.

Fani-Kayode lauded APC Presidential Candidate Tinubu’s track record in Lagos, claiming that Tinubu had built more churches and hired more people from different ethnic backgrounds than any other governor in Nigeria’s history.

He remarked, “Honestly it pains me when I read what people are saying and writing about him since his latest letter because I remain one of his most loyal and loving sons and I am very fond of him.”

“Yet a loyal and loving son owes his father, if nothing else, one thing and one thing alone: the bitter truth.

“And that bitter truth is that his endorsement of Peter Obi is the biggest mistake he has made ever since he came into politics in 1999, and it is nothing but an exercise in futility.

“Obi will not only lose woefully and may well be driven into fourth place but he may also lose his deposit and much more”.

The endorsement of Obasanjo for Peter Obi follows political tension in the PDP, Obasanjo’s old political party, between the G5 governors and Obasanjo’s ex-Vice President from 1999, Atiku Abubakar, who is now running for president.

Political analysts have speculated that the direction of the country’s social economy in the future will depend on the outcome of the election in February.

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