Tinubu APC chieftain calls Obasanjo bad belle letter writer

Tinubu took time out of his speech to take a dig at Obasanjo.

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National Leader of the ruling All Progressives' Congress (APC) appeared to take a shot at former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for his infamous letter which criticised President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in January.

While speaking during the colloquium in honour of his 66th birthday in Lagos on Thursday, March 29, 2018, Tinubu took time out of his speech to take a dig at Obasanjo.

He said, "Somebody who's writing a letter these days, a letter of politics. As if they've never been there before. Bad belle letters...don't worry. I don't want to address that today."

Tinubu went on to address the successes of the APC government, weighing it against the rot the party supposedly inherited from the past administrations of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

He said, "We'll keep talking about it. You looted, you wasted our resources, you did not do what you promised. The market gave you the maximum, the production level was at the maximum, and there's nothing.

"Thank you Nigerians for being patient with us. There’s a clear understanding here. There’s a difference between us and them, night and day."

Obasanjo's anti-Buhari letter

In Obasanjo's 13-page statement titled, "The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement", the former president made his feelings about Buhari's administration known by poking at its most pointed failures that have become a consistent source of anguish for many Nigerians.

Obasanjo faulted the president for exhibiting nepotic interest in his dealings as the nation's Commander-in-Chief and dividing the country as a result.

The former president advised Buhari to step down after the end of his tenure in 2019 and decline to seek re-election because he doesn't appear to possess the ability to move the country any further than he already has.

Coalition for Nigeria

In that public statement, Obasanjo also expressed his lost hope in the ability of the ruling APC and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in providing Nigeria with the initiative it needs to progress.

The former president's solution to being free of the dominance of both parties was what he called the Coalition for Nigeria movement.

According to him, the coalition will be a movement of all well-meaning Nigerians that will engage in democratic practices that will drive Nigeria forward and be a source of hope for all Nigerians for speedy, quality and equal development, security, unity, prosperity and progress.

He said, "Coalition for Nigeria must be a Movement to break new ground in building a united country, a socially cohesive and moderately prosperous society with equity, equality of opportunity, justice and a dynamic and progressive economy that is self-reliant and takes active part in global division of labour and international decision-making.

"The Movement must work out the path of development and the trajectory of development in speed, quality and equality in the short, medium, and long-term for Nigeria on the basis of sustainability, stability, predictability, credibility, security, cooperation and prosperity with diminishing inequality.

"What is called for is love, commitment and interest in our country, not in self, friends and kinship alone but particularly love, compassion and interest in the poor, underprivileged and downtrodden.

"It is our human duty and responsibility so to do. Failure to do this will amount to a sin against God and a crime against humanity."

Despite his backing for the group, the former president has also made it known that he'll cease to be a part of the movement the minute it becomes a political platform that sponsors candidates for elections.

The movement was officially launched in Abuja on January 31, 2018, with Obasanjo signing up as a member the next day.

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