Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has formally endorsed his erstwhile deputy, Atiku Abubakar, for the presidency in 2019.
Although the two have squabbled for more than a decade, dating back to their time together at Aso Rock, Obasanjo said on Thursday that Atiku had asked for forgiveness and he had “wholeheartedly” granted it.
Addressing the media after hosting Atiku at his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday, Obasanjo said he was certain that Atiku would performer better than the current occupier of the office, Muhammadu Buhari.
He also said Atiku had “re-discovered and re-positioned himself”, and that he has a better understanding of the economy than Buhari.
“As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country,” he said.
“I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position. From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.”