APC vs PDP: I have forgiven you, will help you mind fences internationally – Obasanjo tells Atiku

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday declared that he has
forgiven the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate,
Atiku Abubakar.

Obasanjo said because he was a Christian who daily ask God for
forgiveness, he has forgiven Abubakar over past inadequacies that
occurred between them.

Recall that Obasanjo had met with Atiku, the founder and General
Overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo and others
earlier today.

Also at the meeting was Bishop Mattew Kukah and Sheikh Ahmed Gumi.

Speaking during the parley, Obasanjo urged the Waziri of Adamawa to
"mend fences" in the international world.

Obasanjo also promised to assist Abubakar in ensuring that he mend
fences with both the national and the International world.

He said, "Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed
Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill
today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on
the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has
re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it
is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you
did against the Party, the Government and the country.

"I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes
you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe
that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and
everything to take such a position.

"From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have
shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated
that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and
make amends as necessary and as desirable.

"Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who
asks for God's forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis,
I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do
what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended
fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party. That's why
today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party. In addition to
appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to
work together with all those who contested for the Party's flag with
you as a team for your campaign.

"There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have
to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is
already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition. But, I am
convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here
with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and
contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country
can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to
do in that respect, I will do.

"I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by
putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the
understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national
level. With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure
their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the
hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After
all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite
heart, change is possible in everybody's life and situation.

"For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the
widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the
best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty
campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have
capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand
the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your
administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide

"You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can
translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more
accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the
country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the
incumbent President said, "You are a wazobia man." And that should
help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism."

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