The founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide has condemned as irresponsible the attempt by the former Head of State and President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to truncate the ongoing electoral process.
In a release he signed and made available to journalists, he said that the former president has demonstrated his partisanship by not only endorsing the Labour Party presidential candidate, but by also warning of dire consequences that could surface, should his candidate fail to emerge as winner.
The religious leader said he has thus forfeited his right of mediation because he has become an impartial arbiter.
The release said Chief Obasanjo, who was not known to be an avowed democrat because he once sought a third term in office against the prescriptions of the Constitution and presided over the worst election before leaving office, ought to allow INEC to finish its constitutional assignment of conducting the election, without let or hindrance.
It added that aggrieved contestants or parties could then seek redress in court, as prescribed by law, if they had genuine grievances.
Prof. Olagoke cautioned that, as no election was perfect, the octogenarian should leave a good legacy behind, by erasing the bad memories the public has previously and up till now.
He advised him to be a good elder statesman by imitating former Presidents and Heads of State who remain neutral, and by channelling his advice or grievances through appropriate diplomatic channels and not through public letter writing.
The renown cleric noted that the letter written by the former president is capable of setting the country on fire especially now that the youths are angry .
It will be recalled that the former military dictator (Chief Obasanjo) had openly endorsed Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party and threatened fire and brimstone should his preferred candidate lose the elections. as irresponsible the attempt by the former Head of State and President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to truncate the ongoing electoral process.