Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday endorsed the presidential ambition of his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar.
Obasanjo is currently in a meeting with Atiku, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and others in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
In his opening remarks, Obasanjo declared that Atiku will defeat the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
The former leader had in recent months been critical of Buhari and his government. He had also advised Buhari not to run again.
A source at the meeting still ongoing quoted Obasanjo as saying: “Let me start by congratulating the President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar”.
Obasanjo said he believed Atiku will do a good job as a president.
In attendance are outspoken clerics, Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop Matthew Kukah and Sheikh Ahmed Gumi.
Also at the meeting are leader of apex Yoruba group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, ex PDP deputy national chairman, Bode George, Senator Murray Ben-Bruce, ex Cross River Governor, Liyel Imoke, ex-Minister, Osita Chidoka, among many others.