Atiku has declared his interest to run for president in 2019. He is currently in the PDP and is working towards becoming the presidential flagbearer of the party.
Speaking to Premiumtimes in an interview on Friday August 3rd, Obasanjo said God will never forgive him if he ever supports Atiku’s presidential bid.
“Most of you do not understand the way I operate,” Mr Obasanjo said. “And I thought your own paper will understand better. I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed,” he said.
On a personal note, he added, “If my children are getting married, he has sent representatives. If his children are getting married, I have sent representatives. That is social. That is not political. But on political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I did not know him,” maybe, but not “now that I know him, God will not forgive me.”
Obasanjo and Atiku came into power in 1999 with Atiku serving as his Vice President. They started on a good slate but later fell out after the former President accused Atiku of massive corruption.