If former Vice President is truly interested in becoming the President of Nigeria, he must return to his former boss, the Aremu of Ota, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, on bended knees or kiss his ambition goodbye.
This was the candid advice of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, who came short of saying that he lost the 2015 presidential election, because he did not obtain the endorsement of the former military Head of State and eight-year civilian President, whose tenure ended in 2007.
Jonathan, who described Obasanjo as “the boss of bosses in the Nigerian political space,” in an interview published by Ovation Magazine, had posited that any “politician who ignores Obasanjo does so at its own peril.”
He said Atiku, who was on a warpath with Obasanjo, in whose government he served as Vice President, must find a way of courting his former boss, if he must realise his presidential ambition.
Obasanjo had actually accused the former Vice President of disloyalty, saying right from the time he made him his running mate in the 1999 presidential election, Atiku started plotting to take his seat as President.
Obasanjo, who had picked the former Vice President, after he had won the governorship election in his home Adamawa State, gave the details in his book, My Watch, of how he suspected that Atiku believed those who predicted that he would eventually be President, after their initial prediction that he would be Vice President, came true.
While predicting that the former Vice President, would not have any place in his current All Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue his ambition, claimed that his chances lay more with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Hear: “He (Atiku) can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party (PDP) ticket, he would compete well. He’s always a passionate politician. But he would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses.
“We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your own peril. OBJ has the magic wand, respected at home and abroad.”