Obasanjo: “Picking My Vice In 1999 Was A Mistake”
Obasanjo claims it was a mistake to choose his vice.
Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, is quoted by Touchaheart as saying that choosing a running mate for the 1999 election was a mistake.
This online news platform reports that Obasanjo made the remark on June 25, 2022, in Abeokuta, Nigeria, during a mentorship session for selected high school pupils on leadership and business.
Obasanjo, who was elected president in 1999 and 2003, ran against Atiku Abubakar.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that Atiku Abubakar was the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) choice for president in the 2023 elections.
“I don’t say I don’t make mistakes – I made many of them,” Obasanjo said.
“But one thing that has happened to me is that God has never disappointed me. And that is very important.
“For instance, one of the mistakes I made was picking a number two when I was going to become President.
“But because it is a genuine mistake, God saved me out of it.”
Touchaheart reports that Obasanjo, who is a retired general, also said many people thought joining the army was a mistake.
“Or when Abacha wanted to arrest me, the American ambassador said that they will arrest me and that America has asked I should be given asylum,” he said. “I said no, I will come home.
“It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.
“So many things I could have seen as mistakes, but God saved me from them all.”