By Sadiq Umar – Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has reiterated call for Nigerians to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari is voted out in his second term bid in 2019, saying anyone that would want him to continue with the present state of events in the country should rather have his head examined.
Mr. Obasanjo, who spoke at the inauguration of Oyo state chapter of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) in Ibadan, the state capital on Saturday, urged all qualified citizens to obtain Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in readiness to stop Mr. Buhari;s re-election bid at the poll.
According to him, “Everybody must be determined to rescue Nigeria, it may not be easy, however, the God who performed wonders sometime ago, will again perform wonders. We have (seen), in this country, where five political parties endorsed a single person and God was laughing and knew what he would do. If we are leaving everything to God, we must do our best. Get your PVCs and encourage others.”
The former president urged Nigerians to be steadfast and not to be intimidated by any threat from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), assuring of his support at all time.
“Take note, they will threaten you, but don’t be discouraged. It is only cowards who run away from the war front. Having gone this far, I won’t leave you dry. Get your PVC. I don’t think anybody can threaten me again. Remember I have been to prison for an offence I do not know anything about,” Mr Obasanjo emphasised.
He said the group was formed in response to the reality of the prevailing situations in the country, “to find solution to the situation we have found ourselves.
“I don’t think at my age, I should continue to complain and not find solution. It came in my statement on the 3rd of January that CNM was made out of the reality of the situation in Nigeria, deep thought and reasonable consideration. CNM is to find solution to the situation we have found ourselves.”
“If anybody wants this situation to continue, his head must be examined. Those of you who have been victimized by the situation and want the situation to continue can’t be friends of Nigeria.”
He told the group to allocate of its executive positions to women and youths, adding that the CNM would go into alliance with like-minds in due course.
Notable Nigerians at the event include: former governor of Osun state Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former deputy governor of Oyo state, Taofeek Arapaja and former PDP chieftain, Oyewole Fasawe.