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Picking a vice president in 1999 was a mistake, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that he made a mistake in picking a running mate in the 1999 presidential election which he won on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He made the comment  on Saturday while speaking in Abeokuta at a leadership and entrpreneurship mentoring session with selected school students.

Obasanjo also went ahead to win the 2003 presidential election, which he ran on both occasions alongside Atiku Abubakar.

 Abubakar in 2019 ran against current President Muhammadu Buhari, on the platform of the PDP, and failed.  He is currently the presidential candidate of the same PDP in the upcoming 2023 general elections.

Said Obasanjo:  “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.”

 Obasanjo, 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.”

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