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Politics of Thursday, 5 January 2023


Election: ‘Obasanjo can’t dictate to us'

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, cannot tell us who to vote for in February, youths have said.

The youth, who converged on Abeokuta, Ogun State, for a National Summit, said Obasanjo’s endorsement of Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is personal.

National Director-General of All Progressives Congress (APC) Professionals’ Council, Seyi Bamigbade, said democracy has gone beyond one person determining who becomes leader.

Bamigbade said: “What matters is acceptability among Nigerians, and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu enjoys this among youths.

“… you should not be distracted by the antics of a former president… You know in whose hand your future is better protected and secured.

“Do not be misled… Rather, let your eye be on the ball, towards taking a strategic action targeted at securing your future.

“APC has an enviable record … which President Muhammadu Buhari has entrenched; a legacy Tinubu will continue with.”

National President of Concerned Youths Electoral Credibility (CYEC), Paul Chinonso, said Obasanjo’s action falls short of a statesman, insisting youths will vote Asiwaju Tinubu next month.