The new year’s day endorsement of Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), for the 2023 presidential polls appears to have ignited more fireworks in the Nigerian polity as the presidency has reacted to the latest development.
In criticising Obasanjo, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, took to a lengthy statement on Monday to reply the ex-President, saying he would naturally stop at nothing to attack the person of Buhari because of his track records.
According to the presidential spokesman, Obasanjo is famed for being jealous, hence attacks anyone who beats him to a new record in the nation’s development process.
Recall that Obasanjo took to his new year’s message to Nigerians, especially youths, to endorse the candidature of Obi, a development that elicited diverse reactions from most of the political gladiators, including the candidates of APC and PDP, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, respectively.
Shehu said President Buhari stands miles ahead of Chief Obasanjo in all fields of national development, a feat regarded as cardinal sin to Obasanjo whose hallucinations tell him that he is the best ever to lead Nigeria and there will never be another one better than him.
Shehu also reminded pundits that President Buhari just completed the world class edifice that is the second Niger Bridge after three decades of failed promises, saying it is now awaiting commissioning.
He said Obasanjo laid the sod for the bridge in his first term as elected president but failed to complete the work.
Also taking a swipe on the former president, Shehu noted that when he (Obasanjo) sought re-election for his second term in office, he returned to the site to turn the sod for the bridge the second time.