OBJ: Imposition of candidates is OK

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday declared that there is nothing wrong in imposing a particular individual as a leader provided that the person would serve to uplift the people’s standard of living.

Obasanjo, who spoke at the first Jigawa Economic Summit in Dutse, expressed appreciation to people of the state for allowing his imposition of Alhaji Sule Lamido on them as governor, saying doing so has paid off. Although the former president did not mention incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan whose choice he facilitated as vice president under Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, majority of guests at the event believed the statement was a veiled reference to the seeming non-performance of the Jonathan administration. At various times in recent times the president has come under heat from Obasanjo for the former’s perceived indecision in governance, especially on the administration’s handling of the country’s security challenge.

Expressing appreciation for his imposition of Lamido as the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in 2007, Obasanjo said: “If anybody says one man cannot bring about change, he is talking rubbish. One man with his head properly screwed, one man who knows where he wants to go, with a team to help him get there, he will bring about the change. “Let me end on a note of congratulation to the people of Jigawa state. I congratulate you, people of Jigawa state, and I congratulate myself. If you say OBJ forced this one on us, this one na good forcing o!  “You can help anybody to get a job but you cannot help anybody to do the job. With Sule Lamido, we found a job for him, he was willing, able and competent to do that job.”



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