Former Head of State and President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has been described as “boss of bosses” by former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying any politician that ignore he elder statesman does so at his peril.
The immediate past president divulged this while speaking on the 2019 elections with publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.
Jonathan also noted that the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, inspite of his bright ambition of becoming the president on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, still need Obasanjo’s endorsement to succeed.
“Atiku can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party ticket, he would compete well.
“He’s always a passionate politician. But he would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses.
“We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your peril. OBJ has the magic wand. He is respected at home and abroad.”
Obasanjo was the key player who secured running mate ticket for Jonathan with late President Umaru Yar’Adua, and later rose to president after the death of Yar’Adua.
Jonathan, who rose to the number one position after the death of Yar’Adua, fell out with Obasanjo in 2013. Obasanjo wrote an open letter to him.
The situation got worse when the elder statesman refused to endorse the re-election bid of the Ijaw leader. He was critical of Jonathan during the electioneering period, accusing him of plotting to win the election by hook or crook.
But Jonathan fired back by making a veiled reference to Obasanjo. He said some elders were behaving like motor park touts. Both men reconciled in January when Jonathan paid a surprise visit to Ibogun, the hometown of Obasanjo.