The Campaign Organisation of President Goodluck Jonathan has described the endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the rival All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as unfortunate.
It nevertheless said that the former President should know that he has only one vote.
The campaign organisation was reacting to the endorsement of Buhari by the former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ruling party in Kenya on Tuesday.
Speaking on Buhari, Obasanjo said the former Head of State was aware of the challenges of Nigeria and was qualified to rule the country again.
He said that he had confidence that Buhari would be able to tackle corruption and insecurity effectively if elected
The open endorsement of Buhari by Obasanjo was at the detriment of Jonathan, and the ruling party and Presidency was said to have been jolted by this action.
Though the former President has never hidden his disdain for President Jonathan because of his alleged ineffective leadership, it was gathered that the Presidency was of the opinion that Obasanjo would not openly speak on the issue.
However, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said in Abuja on Wednesday that Obasanjo was entitled to his opinion.
He said, “I have to confess to you, I have not read what President Obasanjo said. I have just been told and I haven’t read the text.
“As far as I am concerned, President Obasanjo is entitled to his opinion, he is a respected member of our society, and we have immense respect for him. This election is about one man, one vote and we should restrict our choices and decisions to ourselves.
“I believe it will be a very sad day indeed, if going by what we all know about Gen. Buhari and what Gen. Obasanjo knows about Gen. Buhari that he will still go out of his way to endorse him for anything; I will be very surprised.
“But we will meet them all at the polls, we would meet in the field and by the grace of God, at the end of it all those that have endorsed Buhari, of course they know that President Goodluck Jonathan has come of age and Nigerians will make their choice and we shall win.”
On the laying of siege to the residence of a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, by soldiers, Fani-Kayode said it was not true.
He alleged that the APC and the former governor were lying about the issue, adding that as of the time he said photographs were taken in front of the residence, there were no soldiers there.
Rather, he said that a detachment of policemen were there at the expense of the state government and that the policemen were stationed there to provide security for the former governor.
He said, “It is a perilous lie. This party and government will never do that. Why would the government do that?
“How would that profit the government and the party? It is a sorry time for the members of the opposition for claiming this. I think Asiwaju Tinubu should provide the evidence of the soldiers’ presence with photographs.”