Obasanjo's son declares support for President Buhari, Joins APC

A few days after his father publicly declared his support for
PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Olujonwo, the son
of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo officially joined the
President Buhari campaign organization,
In a recent Interview with Punch, Olajuwon said, 'I joined the
APC long before the PDP was reconstituted and before Alhaji
Atiku emerged as its standard bearer. So, there is no relationship
between my APC membership and my father's forgiveness of his
former vice president'.
I am a proud member of the APC because I am
progressive by instinct and ideology and because I
believe in the progressive instincts of those who lead
our party.
I believe that our nation is better served by a politics
that is progressive, that is one that works for the
progress of all citizens and not merely for the
interests of a few in power. President Buhari, like my
father, is a man of great conviction. He loves his
country and he is committed to reshaping it for the
He is a man of great humour too, by the way. He is a
man l truly value and l have highest regard for him
because he is a strong man of high and uncommon
integrity, doesn't betray and very reliable. He is very
passionate and sincere about providing for the
general good of all for long term benefits.
I just happen to believe in the capacity and will of
President Buhari, Vice President (Yemi) Osinbajo and
the leaders of our party to reposition and transform
our country for concrete greatness which will lead to
enduring and lasting legacy of a great and better life
for everyone in the future. It is no more than that.
See more more excerpts from the interview below...
Does being the child of ex-President Obasanjo put any burden on
you in terms of societal expectations?
None! I don't indulge in societal expectations. I prefer to
spend my time building a life and a career brick by brick, like
every other Nigerian.
Would you have wished your father is anything else but a
Absolutely not! I am very proud of my father's walks. I love
the Army. It is the one constant source of pride to our nation.
It has been our one constant bulwark against great insecurity
and disintegration. It is the Army that continues to bear the
brunt of the war against terror and militancy. When you and I
are lying asleep at night or going about our business in the
daytime, it is our Army that keeps Boko Haram and other
forces of disintegration from disturbing our peace and
security.  I have the highest regard for our forces both the
military and the Police Force and their incredible
accomplishments with limited resources. I am grateful that
my father got the chance to serve that great institution to the
highest level.
What do you think he wants to be remembered for?
My father does not indulge in such things. He is too busy
getting the day's job done to worry about how he will be
remembered. History will do its own bidding.
What values did you learn from him?
Conviction above popularity; hard work above showmanship;
people above self; nation above everything else.
How does his name open doors for you when people know you
are his child?
My father taught us to feather our own wings and not to ride
on his coat tails. It is the way we all are today. We each work
very hard in our respective fields. We do not live on his
undeniable big name.
Still, I consider it a great honour to have been sired by one of
Africa's most convicted, most committed, most earnest
advocates. So, yes, I am mightily proud of my dad.
Does he have preference for any type of music?
My father is a dyed-in-the-wool Egba man. Put any Egba tune
on and he gets footloose. But don't be fooled, he is the most
savvy music mind. From jazz to funk, highlife to juju, my
father will floor you chord by chord. He is a greater lover of
Ebenezer Obey, but his music ears are never far from the likes
of James Brown. My dad is black and proud – and he will turn
up any day to claim that truth.
Your father undoubtedly has a good sense of humour. Does he
share jokes with you?
My father is the most humorous man you have ever met. He
is self-deprecating, quickwitted and genuinely funny. Because
he has no hang ups, no vanity, he easily laughs at himself. It
makes him great fun to be around.
How close are you to your father?
He is my best friend; my truest confidant. I am his private
handbag and I love and respect him very much.

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