A Twitter user, Hally Ramzy, criticized the presidency for saying that the president, Major Gnereal Muhammadu Buhari (retired), is ahead of former president Olusegun Obasanjo on all ramifications.
Following Obasanjo’s endorsement of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi as his chosen candidate for the presidency ahead of the upcoming elections in February, the presidency, the ruling All Progressives Party and the main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party had leaning heavily on the former president.
However, the Twitter user, who shared a graph of the performance of Nigerian presidents from 1999 to 2021 based on Nigeria’s annual GDP growth rate, and tagged the World Bank as the source of the shared data, said that Buhari is only ahead of Obasanjo in “lag”. .”
The shared chart data rated Obasanjo as the best performing president in terms of GDP with the highest rate at 15.33% in 2002, while Buhari was rated as the lowest performer at 0.81% in 2017 and 3 .35% in 2021.
Captioning the graphic, Twitter user @HallyRamzy wrote: “Bashir said that Buhari is far ahead of Obasanjo in all aspects, this is proof that Buhari is really far ahead of lagging in all aspects. The data does not lie. Nigerians it is very clear, VOTE WISELY”.
The Twitter user was responding to a tweet from the President’s Special Assistant for Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmed, who wrote on Monday that “President Buhari is ahead of Chief Obasanjo in all fields of national development and to do so is a cardinal sin.” for Obasanjo, whose hallucinations tell him that he is the best Nigeria has ever led and that there will never be another better than him. – The presidency.”
the punch reported on Sunday that Obasanjo in a letter to Nigerians endorsed Obi as his chosen candidate for president before the 2023 presidential election in February.
In the 2023 New Year message signed by the former president and made available to journalists by his aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo described Obi as his apprentice and said the former Anambra state governor had an advantage in the 2023 election. .
Obasanjo said: “None of the contestants are saints, but when one compares their character, background, understanding, knowledge, discipline and vitality they can bring to the table and the great efforts required to stay focused on work, particularly looking at where the country is today and with the experience on the job that I personally had, Peter Obi as an apprentice has an advantage.
“Others, like all of us, have what they can collectively contribute to the new dispensation for the deliverance, restoration and salvation of Nigeria.
“Another important point to note about Peter is that he is a needle with threads attached from the north and south and may not get lost.
“In other words, you have people who can pull your ears, if and when you need to. He has a capable young running mate with a clean record of achievement in both public and private life.”
The ruling All Progressives Party and the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party have strongly protested against Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi, who took power as president under the PDP.
the punch reported that APC and PDP affirmed that Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi they have no electoral value at the next polls.
Responding to Obasanjo’s lengthy message, APC Presidential Campaign Council Director of Media and Publicity Bayo Onanuga said Tinubu would not lose any sleep over the former president’s endorsement of his Labor Party counterpart.
In a telephone conversation with The PUNCH, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said: “The important thing is the support of the Nigerian people. An individual’s endorsement, no matter how high up, does not translate into victory at the polls.