A former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe on Tuesday expressed optimism that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo will support the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
There had been speculations in the last few weeks that the elder statesman might support the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
The former president on different occasions has met with the former Governor of Anambra State.
This is coming days after Obasanjo denied endorsing Tinubu ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Ogunlewe, however, in an interview with Daily Independent said Yoruba elders will beg Obasanjo to support Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
He said the first step that needs to be taken is to canvass their position and let Obasanjo know that Tinubu is better than other presidential candidates.
The former minister described Obasanjo as a reasonable person, adding that if he is persuaded and shown what Tinubu can do, he will follow him.
Ogunlewe said, “It is when your stuff is low that is when he cannot support you. You must match him with intelligence because the Obasanjo I know will never follow you blindly.
“There is no sentiment in choosing our leaders again. We have experimented enough. Countries that are at par with us 20 years ago are now far ahead of us.”
Ogunlewe said someone must restore the glory of Nigeria, warning that if the wrong person is elected in 2023, the country will be in trouble.
He added, “I am so optimistic that with a president like Bola Tinubu choosing the best team, Nigeria’s lost glory will be restored.”