Retired generals back Obasanjo on Atiku


A former Minister of Police Affairs, Major General David Jemibewon (retd.), and a former Director of Military Intelligence, Brigadier-General Ajibola Togun (retd.), have supported former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s decision to endorse the 2019 presidential bid of his former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

Obasanjo had on Thursday declared his support for Atiku, exactly four days after the ex-VP emerged as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Reacting to the development, Jemibewon, who served as military governor of the defunct Western Nigeria, said the former President was eminently qualified to assess the political situations in Nigeria.

He said, “People may argue Obasanjo had consistently given bad report or opinions on Atiku but the salient question is: Is it not possible that you may hold an opinion today and tomorrow you hold another opinion?

“I think he has the right to do that and he has not violated any law, written or unwritten for doing that. He is expressing his democratic right. And I do not think anybody can query that.

“Chief Obasanjo had occupied that highest position in the country and so if anybody is really qualified to make an assessment of any situation politically in this country, he is the one.

“Obasanjo has a right to his personal opinion and those who are castigating him are also expressing their opinions and maybe somebody somewhere may castigate them for castigating somebody who also made his opinion known.”



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