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General News of Thursday, 18 August 2022


'You are shameless' - The hurtful words Tinubu used in describing Prez Obasanjo in 2019

President Obasanjo hosts APC flagbearer Bola Tinubu in Ota, Ogun state President Obasanjo hosts APC flagbearer Bola Tinubu in Ota, Ogun state

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the odds visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

A source close to the former president said the visit was in furtherance of Tinubu's nationwide stakeholder consultation ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The visit comes as a surprise to many as both men are sworn political enemies whose fight dates back to their days as President and Lagos state governor, respectively.

However, in 2013, Tinubu kept the political rivalry aside when he sought Obasanjo's support for the APC in the 2015 presidential election.

President Muhammadu Buhari won the election, defeating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. However, by 2019, Obasanjo had withdrawn his support for the Buhari-led APC government. After advising Buhari against contesting for a second term, the former president went on to endorse his former VP, Atiku Abubakar, of the PDP.

As Obasanjo became the Buhari-led APC government's staunch critic, Tinubu resumed his enmity with the former president by attacking him over his 2019 state of the nation address. This is why many Nigerians found the APC presidential candidate's move surprising, especially considering what he said about the former president.

In his state of the nation address tagged ‘Points for Concern and Action’, Obasanjo expressed concern over the impartiality and competence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a credible election, according to

He also accused President Buhari of returning the country to the Sani Abacha days.

Reacting to Obasanjo's criticisms, Tinubu accused the former president of being responsible for the flaws in Nigeria’s political economy since 1999.

He further described Obasanjo as an “election rigger without peer” in a letter titled ‘Chief Obasanjo – At war against his own deeds.

The APC presidential flag bearer said the former president was shameless and has a wicked sense of humour.

Tinubu's letter read in part: “Former President Obasanjo is many things to many people; but he is all things unto himself. His recent contribution to our political discourse wherein he alleges plots to steer the coming elections shows he benefits from an exceedingly faulty memory, is purely shameless or has a most wicked sense of humor. "Perhaps all three are facets of his makeup and were equally on display in his latest prosaic display."

The letter continued: “The crux of his long tirade was the allegation that INEC is poised to cook the election results. Chief Obasanjo should not get his dander up and waste good ink for nothing. This election will be a free and open exercise of the people’s right to choose their leaders.

"Obasanjo makes fiery allegations against this right but offers no corroborating evidence; he presents only reams of words. This is because Obasanjo is projecting onto the APC the misconduct he would wrought if still in power.

"Yet, the ways of Obasanjo are not those of the APC. And this difference has meant the better for Nigeria. “Moreover, Chief Obasanjo should be the last to complain about election rigging. His administration was an unalloyed mi*scarriage of justice and of the best aspirations of the Nigerian people. We all know he was not elected in 1999.

"He was handed Nigeria on a silver platter; perhaps because Nigeria was so easily given that he went about treating the nation as if it was a less than precious thing; he thought it was a cheap give-away not a privilege to govern this nation.

“This man should have positioned himself to be the father of the nation. All the goodwill that could be granted a political figure was bestowed on him. The global economy was such that it fueled our growth. "Everyone wanted Nigeria to succeed after emerging from years of noxious military rule.

Despite the flawed exercise that rendered him president, we all bit our tongues in hope that he would say and do the right things that would move Nigeria forward.

“Instead of being a unifying figure as Commander-in-chief, he lowered himself to being a divisive, vindictive conniver. There was no table which he neared that he did not upset and overturn. There was no one who came into his company for any period of time with whom he did not fall out if he expresses a thought contrary to one of his.

“Given the vast margin between the good he could have achieved and the nebulous feats that comprise his true record, Chief Obasanjo is the person most responsible for the flaws in the Nigerian political economy since 1999. His ego is as expansive as the firmament but his good deeds would fit into a modest sachet with ample room to spare.

“The worst of Obasanjo’s record, I have yet to describe. When it comes to elections, he has been a rigger without peer. There is no election that occurred under Obasanjo’s watch or in which he participated that did not involve cheating on his part.

"Even the late President Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua admitted he was the beneficiary of a flawed election engineered by none other than today’s vociferous complainant. For Obasanjo to lament over electoral malpractice is tantamount to the ocean complaining that a few raindrops are causing it to get wet.”


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