Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to go out enmasse on Saturday and vote in the governorship and state House of Assembly elections as they did in the March 28 election, which produced the President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), of the All Progressives Congress.
Speaking on Saturday during a surprise visit to Itoku Market in Abeokuta South Local Government Area, while interacting with market men and women in the market, he urged them to turn out and vote for the candidate of their choice on April 11.
Dressed in blue adire, Obasanjo moved from the adire sellers section to herbs sellers section, among others, relating with the traders and felicitating with them in the spirit of Easter season while traders began to chant Sai Baba Obasanjo, Sai Amosun.
But Obasanjo refused to be boxed into a corner on which party he was canvassing votes for, when journalists caught up with him in the market.
In his response to what advice he would give to the traders ahead of the April 11 election, Obasanjo said, “They should do exactly what they did last Saturday.”
He said he had come to felicitate with the traders in the spirit of the Easter season.
Obasanjo, who spoke in Yoruba, said, “Since I came back from Abuja, I have not come here to say hello to you. This is my community. As a member of the community, I want to know what’s going on and what’s happening in the community.”
The ex-President had retired from partisan politics earlier this year when he supervised the tearing of his Peoples Democratic Party membership card publicly.