Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. itse Sagay has revealed why he believes former president Olusegun Obasanjo and former VP Atiku Abubakar are bitter at President Buhari’s re-election.
In an interview, Itse Sagay who is the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), stated that Obasanjo is bitter because the myth about him was broken by Buhari.
“I have been observing politics in Nigeria, even participating for almost 60 years; I have never seen the level of bitterness a loser has expressed in actions, in words Obasanjo. The impression they gave before the election was that they are absolutely certain that Atiku will be declared the President one way or the other. When it didn’t happen, they were shocked so much that it has become extreme bitterness and this is what is spilling over to Obasanjo. Obasanjo has always been the kingmaker. He made Yar’Adua, he made Jonathan. Later, he said Jonathan should not contest and he contested and lost so all that myth has grown around him but now that myth has been totally blown by Buhari and so, he is extremely bitter. That is own source of bitterness and he has been humiliated by the way Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku”.
Concerning Atiku. Itse Sagay stated that the former VP’s bitterness centres around the fact that he’s expended much towards his ambition all to no avail.
“Atiku’s own is that something he is absolutely certain of and for which he has made lots of investments in both psychological and material matters has been removed from him. So, the level of bitterness is unprecedented. He attacked the President of the Court of Appeal; he hired people abroad to say they won’t recognise the government. Some people even went to court to stop the inauguration which has never happened before. Before Buhari won in 2015, he was defeated three times but he never tried to stop anybody from being inaugurated. They are even issuing out statements that can destabilise the country. When you combine all these, we may have a situation where people behind all these may have to be restrained for peace and stability to reign”.