2019 presidency: Reconcile with Obasanjo or forget it – Jonathan tells Atiku
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has advised Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubbakar to seek reconciliation with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo if his dream of becoming President must be realized.
Jonathan described Obasanjo as the boss of bosses in the Nigerian political space.
The former Bayelsa Governor said any “politician who ignores Obasanjo does so at its own peril.”
He called on Atiku to find a way of courting his former boss, if he must realise his presidential ambition.
Atiku, Vice-President during Obasanjo’s eight years regime, fell out with his former boss towards the end of the administration.
Jonathan pointed out that it would be impossible for Atiku to realise his presidential ambition on the platform of the APC.
He noted that the former Vice-President’s chances of becoming President in 2019 would be bright if he contested on the platform of the PDP.
Jonathan was quoted to have said this in an interview he recently granted the Ovation Magazine, published by Dele Momodu.
“He (Atiku) can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party (PDP ) ticket, he would compete well,” Jonathan reportedly said.
“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,” Jonathan said.