Monday 6 April 2015

Obasanjo Visits Market, Campaigns for APC

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during the weekend paid an unscheduled visit to the popular Itoku market in  Abeokuta south local government area of Ogun state where he urged Nigerians to repeat during the coming  governorship and state assembly elections what they did at the presidential and National Assembly elections, which produced the President-elect, Major General 

The former President who had arrived the market at about 4:30 pm  visited   the few adire (local fabric) stores, local herb section and other segments in the market, saying,  he was in the market on  an unscheduled visit. 

While addressing the traders, Obasanjo  said since he returned from Abuja as President, he had not been opportune  to visit the market in the spirit of Easter, stating that  he just felt it was appropriate to do it during the season. Obasanjo, who spoke in Yoruba says: “Since I came back from Abuja, I have not come here to say hello to you. 

But, it occurs  to me that I can do it during this Easter period and that is why I have come. How is market and hope you are all faring well? Response was given spontaneously by the jubilation traders. Speaking with newsmen on why he visited the market,   Obasanjo said “Since I came back, I have not really visited any market.

I have come to do two things. I have come to give them Easter greetings and to find out how they are doing in their market.” “This is my community. As a member of the community, I want to know what’s going on and what’s happening in the community.” 

When asked by newsmen on what he expects the  Nigerians to do at the coming governorship election, Obasanjo said “they should do exactly what they did last Saturday,” He declared as he made into his waiting vehicle. It would be recalled that Obasanjo retired from partisan politics earlier this year. 

Back then, after supervising the tearing of his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, membership card said he would prefer to play the role of a statesman. Things fell apart between Obasanjo and  the outgoing-President Goodluck Jonathan. 

The running battle however reached point of ‘no settlement’ in December 2013 when Obasnjo wrote a letter that was published in newspapers. Since then, Obasanjo had publicly made his support known in the choice of Buhari, who was elected on March 28.
Culled from: The Citizen Ng

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