Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would not be asking Nigerians to vote for any preferred candidate in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, months after he endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Obasanjo said he will not tell Nigerians who to vote for, but advised that Nigerians should vote wisely for only leaders who have the capacity to drive the growth and development of the country.
“Another election is near, open your eyes and vote wisely. Vote only the party that won’t add to your suffering. The economy must return to a better state. Look at parties that have governed this country and choose that one that will return Nigeria’s economy to a better state,” Obasanjo said in Iwo, Osun State at the 27th annual Owu National Convention
He added that “I am not campaigning for any party or candidate and I won’t do that. But I urge you to open your eyes and vote wisely. Only credible leadership can guarantee good governance and that is what the country needs now.”
Bottom Line: At first glance, it looks like Obasanjo is trying to shift away from his endorsement of Atiku, but he really isn’t. Consider what he said: “The economy must return to a better state.” This implies that the economy is not in a good state, and that automatically removes the current occupant of the office from contention. Then Obasanjo said Nigerians should “look at parties that have governed” Nigeria. So far, only two parties – APC (the ruling party) and the PDP (Obasanjo’s former party) have governed. Since he has already said the economy is not in good shape under the APC, it means in his mind, the alternative is the PDP, and not any of the other third party candidates.