Picking Atiku As My Vice In 1999 One Of The Mistakes Of My Life – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that picking Abubakar Atiku as his vice in 1999 is one of the mistakes of his life.

Obasanjo said this at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State, while fielding questions from secondary school students in a programme.

Atiku is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 general elections.

While interacting with the students, Obasanjo revealed that he had made many “genuine mistakes” in his life; saying, however, that God made him overcome them.

“One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two when I wanted to become the president. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me,” Obasanjo said.

Speaking about the second mistake, Obasanjo said he refused an asylum offered to him by the American Embassy when he was about to be arrested by the late former military dictator, General Sani Abacha.

According to Obasanjo, he would have lost his life during the period of his incarceration, but God saved him.

“When Abacha wanted to arrest me, I was told by the American ambassador that they will arrest me and that America has asked that I should be given an asylum. I said no. It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.”

The Balogun Owu maintained that God had saved him from many things that could have been a mistake.

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