Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has come out to deny categorically endorsing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, as earlier reported.
Obasanjo made the partial disclaimer while launching his book, “My Watch” in the UK on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
Although the one-time military Head of State denied outrightly endorsing any of the presidential candidates, he stress that the current leader, in the person of President Gooluck Jonathan was under performing.
His words: “Well, whatever you get in the paper and in the press, please yourself, he said, referring to guests at the event who wanted to confirm the reported endorsement. What I said and I maintain that and I will say it again and I will do it. When the time comes for me to vote, I will consider the track record of all the candidates that are contesting and I will assess and based on my assessment for who I believe have the best track record to perform the job of the Nigerian president, then he will have my vote and if anybody should know what the job of the Nigerian president requires, I should know.”
“Nigeria has a population of 180 million and you wouldn’t have anybody other than one person or two persons that can run the affairs of Nigeria? What the hell are we talking about?
“For me there are millions who can run the affairs of Nigeria who are not even coming out. So why should you die on behalf of one who is probably performing as a mediocre. With all due respect.
“Nigeria, if you love it, you would look for the best for Nigeria and I don’t believe that at this point in time we have the best for Nigeria.”
Watch a video of his statement below: