Lagos – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians not to vote for presidential aspirants claiming that some political or youth groups bought their nomination forms for them. Obasanjo has called on Nigerians to reject presidential aspirants lying about how they got their forms.
Obasanjo made the comment in Lagos during a colloquium to mark the 61st birthday of Pastor Itua Ighodalo.
“In fact anybody who would come out to tell you such a lie, you shouldn’t vote for him. Which youths gathered N40million? If you want to buy it, buy it and tell us. You don’t need to lie to us.” Presidential forms have been bought for some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants in the last few weeks including Obasanjo’s former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, and immediate past Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Others are Sokoto state governor; Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Amyim, and former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi.
On the same day Obasanjo made the comment, members of the popular Brekete family show on Human Rights Radio Abuja purchased a presidential nomination form of the PDP for Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state. While the group was buying the form at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, March 29, the governor’s media aide, Aniekeme Finbarr, shared on his social media.
tained the PDP presidential expression of interest and nominations form for Obi. Speaking to journalists after obtaining the forms at Wadata Plaza, the PDP national secretariat, leader of the group, Ekene Nwakuche, revealed that the decision to obtain forms for the former governor was borne out of sheer concern for the nation’s dismal trajectory. According to him, Obi presidency would, among other things, minimise the cost of governance, freeing up revenue for widescale development.