Presidency has reacted over the open proclamation of former Olusegun
Obasanjo's support for his former Vice president Atiku Abubakar. Presidency says despite the fact that Obasanjo have right to support anyone, it won't save Atiku from defeat.
The Federal Government said the former President “has every right to support anyone he likes,” adding that such a right “is constitutional.”
However, it said the support would not save Atiku and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, from defeat.
It said Atiku, who is the candidate of Obasanjo, would be “roundly and comprehensively” defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated these at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had done well since he assumed office in 2015, regretting that Obasanjo might have been reading what he called “wrong reports about the activities of the Buhari government” (that made him to take the decision to support Atiku.)
Mohammed said, “If Obasanjo said we are not doing well, it is probably he is not reading the right reports. Everyone has the right to decide who to support. Three and a half years is too short for any government to do everything for everybody.
“I’m always sceptical to respond to former heads of state, especially somebody like former President Obasanjo. On corruption, this government has done a lot to combat it.
“We have put in place many ways to stop corruption. We were not the one that initiated the Treasury Single Account, but we have the political will to implement it.”
He said the Federal Government had recovered billions of naira from allegedly corrupt individuals and also seized about 295 vehicles and 407 mansions.
The Federal Government, he said, had also saved about N17bn from travels and gifts that could have been given out to people by government officials.
Mohammed said the former President should know ‘the number of megawatts of electricity he left while leaving office compared to more than 7,000 (megawatts) that “we have now.”
The minister said, “We have it on record that the opposition is already jittery of Buhari’s imminent victory and has consequently resorted to using fake news to blackmail the President and our party in order to give excuse for the looming defeat.
“One of the items of the fake news being propagated by the opposition, which is now very confused, is that Buhari cannot speak Fulfulde, his mother tongue and cannot open the main door to his conference room in the Presidential Villa, having undergone cloning, despite having openly been made clear that there was nothing like that.
“This is clearly the fake news and the handiwork of the opposition in serious distress and confusion. ”
The minister also said that it would be wrong to blame the President for refusing to sign the amended Electoral Bill.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to accept the reasons given by the President for not assenting to the bill, adding that the President took the action in the interest of the nation.
He said the President would wait for the action to be taken by the National Assembly on the rejected bill, but said that the reason why Buhari did not sign was not because of fear that he could be defeated.