I Never Supported Buhari, I Only Opposed Jonathan – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo opened up again that he never supported President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 election but that the president only benefited from his opposition to the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said this in a book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, written by former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, adding that the office of the president is bigger than Jonathan.
Obasanjo denied any support for Buhari, adding that he joined those clamouring for change because he wanted Jonathan out of power because the ex-president had taken so many wrong decision early in his administration.
He said that he endorsed Jonathan after the demise of Umaru Yar’Adua to settle the problem of the minority and that he actually appealed to some northern leaders to enable Jonathan rule the country for just one term.
However, Jonathan refused to listen to Obasanjo when he was advised not to appoint Diezani Allison-Madueke as the Petroleum Minister.
Obasanjo said that Jonathan deceived him, went ahead to appoint Madueke with the intention to buy his way into power for the second term but he failed.
According to Obasanjo, Jonathan was not really afraid of his life after office but Buhari.
“Jonathan thought that Buhari would investigate him and would frustrate life out of him, that was why he was bent on winning the 2015 presidential election at all cost,” Obasanjo noted.
He explained that Jonathan thought he would end in jail, judging by the persona of the Buhari who had been fighting corruption since he came on board.