Obasanjo justifies his letter, in which he throws his weight behind Obi’s back, saying that God will punish him if he doesn’t do the right thing.
For his part, Governor Ortom explained that although Obi, like most humans, is not perfect, he has the qualities of the type of leader that Nigeria needs at this point in its history.
The two leaders spoke at different forums.
Obasanjo spoke at an interactive session of Empirical Leadership in Africa (TEL-Africa), held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The TEL-AFRICA global interactive session was themed “Executive decisions, hesitation and leadership development in Africa”.
However, he said that only “evil and unpatriotic Nigerians” would vote for a candidate of bad character in the next general election.
The former president, in his New Year’s message to the people of Nigeria, titled “My appeal to all Nigerians, especially young Nigerians,” support Obi.
However, the development drew reactions from both the People’s Democratic Party, the PDP, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu.
While justifying his support for Obi, Obasanjo insists he does not use the word “support” but only gives his opinion on the candidates.
“Whether the letter is opened or not, what I believe is that I will be punished by God if I know what is right and don’t put it in the right place,” he said.
“The word I used is that a particular candidate has the edge, it all adds up and I have character, I have a resume, I have a vision and I consider what you see in a man as a child of God.
“I said they all claim to be my mentees and of course I won’t deny it but if you are my mentee they have to admit that I know a little bit about them and if I know them a little then I must be right to tell.
“I don’t know why people are like this. I have done this before for President Buhari.
I said that President Buhari doesn’t really understand economics and that’s true and you’ve seen it. I’m not demeaning him, he is and he’ll admit it himself.
“I have said that his understanding (of Buhari) on foreign affairs is also very limited because when he was military head of state, he said that his frontline was not beyond the Nigerian border, what a pity.
“But then you have nothing, I wrote a letter nearly six and a half pages long and then a single sentence.
“Why would you as a Nigerian vote for someone whose character, reputation, life you don’t want your children to be?
“Either you’re mean, or you’re unpatriotic, or you’re a really, really bad citizen of this country and if that’s who you are, what do you want God to do with you and that’s the way I see it.
“In the last three days I have talked to about 35 young people and they all told me that education, security and corruption is what they think about, so the question is who can do it? “
I prefer Obi presidency, even though I’m a member of PDP — Ortom
For his part, Governor Ortom explained why he liked Obi, saying that he would have led the campaign if he were not a member of the PDP.
He also said his party’s national leadership, led by Dr Iyorchia Ayu, should only blame itself if reconciliation with the G-5 governors failed.
Ortom, in an interview, explained that although Obi, like most humans, is not perfect, he has the qualities of the type of leader Nigeria needs at this point in its history.
He particularly praised President Olusegun Obasanjo for supporting Peter Obi in carrying out the difficult task of leading Nigeria at this time.
“So this is someone who looks to the future and wants the best for our country, Nigeria,” Ortom said. Today he recommended Peter Obi.
“Honestly, if I weren’t in the PDP, I would be on the front lines carrying Peter Obi’s bag and campaigning for him because he’s by far the best documentary.
“He is what this country needs to get it right. Someone with an empty locker. This should not be questioned, even though no one is perfect.
Nobody is God, no human being is God. But this is one person who stands out.
“So if I had to advise on the best document for the president, I’d tell you it’s Peter Obi.
“He has made some mistakes, especially on the matter that a third term has come, otherwise no one should question his integrity and patriotism, his frankness and his enthusiasm to see a Nigeria greater than President Obasanjo.
I am disappointed with some of my colleagues from the South
“So you can see what’s going on, my G-5 colleagues, we’re all PDP members, most of us are running except for our president, Mr. Governor Nyesom Wike.
I’m the leader, but we have a president who’s not running and who cares about issues.
“But you see, I have to say I am disappointed with some of the southern governors of the PDP who have sold themselves out and chose to do something else.
“In the APC, all the governors are from the north, they have the majority. How many of us here in the north are PDPs? Just the four of us – me; Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Bauchi governor, Bala Mohammed; and Darius Ishaku of Taraba.
“But you see the APC, I have to commend them for fighting for equity, fairness and justice because they see the presidency should go south.
“Because, be careful, Nigeria is a country of many ethnicities, many religions and many emotions, to which we must always be sensitive to ensure that we tap into and try to combine all these emotions, let us live together.
So the governors of the APC came and said, look, this thing is going south. “During the congress, there were aspirants from the north but even the APC delegates from the north voted against them. We said this thing should go south, it has to be.
“So I’m really frustrated because for me, when the governors in the south got together and said, look, we’re asking for the presidency to be returned to us in the south, I’ve come out.” went out the next day and added my voice and I said yes, they said yes, let’s do it. So these are the problems.
The DPP Crisis and the G-5 Governor
Regarding his party’s crisis, Ortom, one of the G-5 governors, said: “I think we (G-5 governors) are on the right track as I think. As party loyalists, we have given enough time (to reconcile).
And we’ve learned that leaders who fail at the national level will take advantage of the opportunity we’ve given them to tackle these problems.
“There are many ways to approach problems, even if you don’t meet the needs of a group or an individual, you will find a way to meet them.
“I will quote (former soldier) President Babangida, who said ‘a little bit to the left, a little bit to the right’. Then you find the meeting place.
“When people decide to be arrogant, where they decide to be sly and do things as if the other person doesn’t exist and try to do something with impunity, as if they won the game.”
“But the election cannot be won when the vote is not cast. Because I know, as a veteran politician of over 40 years, most of the key figures you see today in politics, when it comes to the School of Politics, that’s my audience.
“You know, the good thing about someone like me is that I started from the basics and built myself up from that level and got to where I am today.
“So being arrogant, unpunished, doing wrong, won’t really help. We will expect this humility. They say you stoop to conquer, even if you want to achieve it. Above all, politics is a game of interest.
He explained that contrary to speculation in some areas, G-5 governors are not confused about their next move, but noted that as party loyalists, they have let enough room for a real reconciliation to save the party they had. all worked for. difficult to build.