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The frosty relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and his former deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, ended on Thursday as Obasanjo declared that he had forgiven the former Vice-President and endorsed him as his candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
He made this declaration while addressing journalists after holding a closed-door meeting with Atiku, which lasted almost two hours.
Atiku is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, having emerged as the overall winner at the presidential primary of the party last Sunday in Port Harcourt.
Those who accompanied Atiku to the meeting to broker peace include the founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, Islamic preacher, Ahmed Gumi, Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, Afenifere chieftain Chief Ayo Adebanjo and National chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus.
The relationship between Obasanjo and Atiku had become frosty towards the twilight of the Obasanjo’s administration which ran from 1999 till 2007.
It was alleged that Atiku had worked against the third term agenda purportedly muted by his then boss. Obasanjo too had since not supported all Atiku’s earlier efforts at becoming the president. And since then there had been no love lost between the two.
However, on Thursday Obasanjo said he had not only forgiven Atiku, he was ready to support him in actualising his dream of becoming the country’s president. The former president said from what he could deduce from the meeting held earlier at his pent-house boardroom, Atiku had become penitent and had rediscovered and repositioned himself.