Listen to article
The Nigerian Presidency has accused former President, Olusegun Obasanjo of telling lies to the South-East electorate to garner votes during his tenure between 1999 and 2007.
It stated that despite his promise to build a Second Niger Bridge, the former leader did not fulfill his promise.
The Presidency, however, pointed out that despite not garnering votes from the region, President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime built the bridge believing it was the right thing to do.
‘Obasanjo lied to the South-East to get their votes. President Buhari didn’t get their votes but built the bridge because he believed it is the right thing to do,’ a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, read Monday evening.
Shehu’s statement comes barely 24 hours after Obasanjo berated the Buhari regime, describing its tenure as ‘hell on earth’ for Nigerians.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Obasanjo had on Sunday endorsed the Labour Party standard bearer, Peter Obi, saying he had an edge over other presidential candidates in terms of knowledge, discipline, vitality, and character.
The elder statesman, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to vote for the LP standard bearer in the February 25 presidential polls.
However, his endorsement has only attracted angry reactions from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and the African Action Alliance which described his support for Obi as worthless.
The presidential candidates of the APC, Bola Tinubu; PDP, Atiku Abubakar; LP, Obi and the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso are the frontrunners in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the poll.
The Eastern Updates reports that the endorsement has continued to generate mixed reactions.