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#2015Elections Presidency accuses Obasanjo of plot to head interim government

The Presidency made the accusation on Saturday, February 14, in response to a previous accusation made by Obasanjo questioning Jonathan’s sincerity as regards the polls.

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Nigeria's former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

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The Presidency has accused former President, Olusegun Obasanjo of planning to impede the upcoming general elections so that he could head an unconstitutional Interim National Government.

The Presidency made the accusation on Saturday, February 14, in response to a previous accusation made by Obasanjo questioning Jonathan’s sincerity as regards the polls.

Obasanjo had stated on Saturday that the President was trying to frustrate the conduct of the polls because he was afraid that he could be imprisoned by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari if the latter came to power.

In response, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said via a statement that Obasanjo was in fact the one with the ulterior motives.

The statement reads:

“We find the false claims and allegations reportedly made against President Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday in Abeokuta very odious and repugnant.

“As we have had cause to say before, it is most regrettable indeed that a man like Chief Obasanjo, who should know better, chooses to repeatedly, wantonly, and maliciously impugn the integrity of a sitting President of his country for the primary purpose of self-promotion.

“It is obvious from Chief Obasanjo’s serial vituperations against President Jonathan who is doing his best to positively transform Nigeria for the benefit of all of its people that he has willfully chosen to close his eyes to the present administration’s good works and intentions. For reasons best known to him, Chief Obasanjo has set his mind on regime change by fair or foul means.

“Otherwise, it would be completely senseless, irrational and out of place for Chief Obasanjo, who still claims to belong to the same party as the President, to accuse President Jonathan of plotting to win the rescheduled presidential elections by “hook or crook” and planning to plunge the nation into crisis if he loses the election.”

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