Senator Abubakar Girei, who represented Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone from 1999 to 2003, has declared ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as the most powerful man in the country after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Girei, who recalled the third term ambition of Obasanjo, also praised Nigerians from stopping the plot.
“Nigerians rose to the occasion and prevented him from his third term ambition, from being a life President in this country.
“Quite a number of things happened that I am sure also taught him a lesson, for him to know that he is not God, and cannot be God.
“But in spite of all these, he remains a very smart person. Today, I can say without fear of contradiction, that apart from President Buhari, Obasanjo is the second most powerful person in Nigeria.
“He is so, simply because he is smart, and that is why he is still denying the third term bid.
“One thing about Obasanjo is that he knows this country very well, and you can hardly pin him down as being either supporting one religion or one ethnic group or whatever.
“All these small primordial issues, you can’t pin him down to any, which is why today, he is still very relevant”, he told Sun.
Asked if Obasanjo was being smart when he subtly declared support for the Igbo race for the 2019 presidency, the former Senator replied: “I don’t think that is his real plan.
“But he can try that because he is the kind of person that wants to be seen to be the one producing leaders in this country.”