Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Labor Party presidential aspirant has created quite a lot of quagmire in the political realm of Nigeria, specifically within the 2 central political parties within the country which are the APC and PDP.
It has led to a lot of detractors to question its overall effect within the political game to influence voters come February, to which Balami, a campaign manager within the Peter Obi camp rose to defense to critique the narratives.
According to Balami, if the political parties found the endorsement of the former president’s endorsement of Peter Obi as inconsequential, the current president wouldn’t have flown the banner of his support on CNN back in 2015.
“If endorsement is not important, in 2015 when Obasanjo endorsed Buhari, Buhari spoke on CNN and said that Obasanjo was someone that his opinion mattered. He said Obasanjo’s endorsement meant a lot and it would attract so many followers.” He said in quote.
“How can a former Head of State military, former President endorse someone and you say the endorsement mean nothing? I think it is self deceit. The worst thing in this life is for someone to lie and deceive himself.” Balami claimed.
”I think the APC and the PDP are still living in self denial but in the next couple of weeks they will realise that Nigerians have made up their mind to take back their country. It is not a matter of what they think anymore, it is a matter of reality.
”You can’t say Clark’s endorsement means nothing. When it suits them they are happy but when it doesn’t, they say something else.
”For us we are focused. We are just about six months into this and we have made them have sleepless nights and it will continue until we take over the country.
”This is not about Peter Obi and Datti, Nigerians are tired. I will advise the APC and the PDP to be honest to themselves,” he added.
Obasanjo criticized President Muhammadu Buhari government on January 1 for not translating Nigerians’ hopes. Then he gave Peter Obi his support.
The senior statesman claimed to have interacted with significant candidates for the presidency in the 2023 elections who identified themselves as his mentees and that Obi was young, had the capacity to not only unify the nation but also had a listening ear and was prepared to save Nigeria from economic collapse.
Elder statesmen like Obasanjo and Edwin Clark, the head of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), have endorsed Peter Obi in the past three days, prompting reactions from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso.