The spokesman for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement , Mr . Akin Osuntokun , has identified the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, as an instrument chosen by God to rescue Nigeria from the “ dark and dangerous” route President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the country .
Osuntokun , the CNM ’ s Director of Strategic Communications , in a statement on Friday, described former President Olusegun Obasanjo ’ s endorsement of Atiku for President as a move to save the country .
He said Obasanjo ’ s move was premised on the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good , adding that such considerations underlie the reconciliation between the former President and his deputy .
He said , “ To put it mildly , these are desperate times in Nigeria and desperate problems readily provoke desperate measures .
“ Confronted with the present danger and calamity that the presidency of Buhari poses to Nigeria , the choice and course of action open to any responsible Nigerian statesman is clear – and that is the subordination of all personal differences to the task of rescuing Nigeria from the fast pace of downward spiral towards the political abyss.
“ And God , in his inimitable ways , has seen fit to choose Atiku Abubakar as the instrument of rescuing Nigeria from the dark and dangerous turn that the incumbent driver has taken the country .
“ It is perhaps for the task of the unprecedented challenge of this moment that God has been preparing Atiku – who like all mortals , is not without his share of human imperfections. To err is human ; to forgive , divine. ”
Osuntokun also identified the need to put personal differences aside for the greater good as the reason why Afenifere , a pan -Yoruba socio – political group , was now on the same page with Obasanjo .
“ The political differences between Afenifere and Obasanjo are an open secret but in deference to the same logic , it has not been difficult for the two parties to subsume their differences , close ranks and find equal purpose in halting and reversing the Buhari trend that endangers all , ” he said .
Describing the choice between Buhari and Atiku as easy for Nigerians to make , the spokesperson for the 2003 presidential ticket of Obasanjo and Atiku , noted that comparing the two was like “ comparing sleep to death or lifelessness – apologies to Donald Trump ” .
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