‘’How Jonathan Brought Pastor Adeboye&Bishop Oyedepo To Beg Me’’-Obasanjo
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo opens up on how former President Goodluck Jonathan tried to get his support for his re-election. ‘’How Jonathan Brought Pastor Adeboye&Bishop Oyedepo To Beg Me’’-Obasanjo
According to The Nation, he said although Jonathan enlisted Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo to beg him at the Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, he said he stood his ground that Jonathan must abide by one term agreement. ‘’How Jonathan Brought Pastor Adeboye&Bishop Oyedepo To Beg Me’’-Obasanjo
He added: “It was only Pastor Adeboye that Jonathan told me was coming with him but Bishop Oyedepo is a man I also know very well so I had no problem with his presence at the meeting.
“I told him in the presence of his witnesses that I was not going to support him for a second term and I gave my reasons. ‘’How Jonathan Brought Pastor Adeboye&Bishop Oyedepo To Beg Me’’-Obasanjo
The former President recalled how Jonathan became the Vice President in 2007 and how he stuck out his neck for him to be elected president in 2011 to solve minority agitation.
He said: “You know of course that Jonathan was not my first choice as running mate to your late boss (Yar’Adua), it was Dr. Peter Odili. But whether by fate or some conspiracy, Odili had hurdles that made it impossible for him to take the position. That was how I settled for Jonathan. ‘’How Jonathan Brought Pastor Adeboye&Bishop Oyedepo To Beg Me’’-Obasanjo
“I saw the emergence of Jonathan as an opportunity to solve the minority agitation. The three majority ethnic groups can always sort themselves out but not so for the minority. ‘’How Jonathan Brought Pastor Adeboye&Bishop Oyedepo To Beg Me’’-Obasanjo
“A good example is my state here in Ogun. Despite the best intentions, nobody from Ogun West has been able to become governor because of this minority issue and it will take a conscious effort to make it happen. “So, it was in that context that I had to plead with prominent people in the North to allow Jonathan run for a term.”
On Jonathan re-election bid in 2015, Obasanjo spoke of how the ex-President told him that he would not seek a second term in office.
He added: “I confronted him several times but he kept deceiving himself and when I could no longer put up with it, I had to register my opposition to the idea on record as I did in my letter to him.
“I didn’t join them in supporting Buhari; I joined in opposing Jonathan so Buhari was just a beneficiary of my opposition to Jonathan since my opposition was AOBJ: Any Option But Jonathan
“Jonathan and his handlers believed they could buy the election and they were so arrogant about it that the PDP would print only one nomination for him and him alone.
“If he was wise, he would have yielded the ticket to somebody else in the PDP.”
“Aside the issue of zoning on which he was reneging, his stewardship at that point had also shown very clearly that he was not up to the job.”
Obasanjo also explained that poor handling of the Boko Haram insurgency made him to oppose Jonathan’s return because a continuation of the administration could endanger the country.
He said: “Jonathan and his people turned Boko Haram into an industry for making money. Rather than seek for a solution, Boko Haram became an ATM machine for taking money out of the treasury.
“Take the issue of Chibok tragedy. If he had acted within the first 48 hours, they would have found most of the girls. The CAN Chairman of the local chapter in Chibok was here to see me and he explained how they were helpless with no reaction from the authorities for several days.”
But Obasanjo clarified that he has no personal grudges against Jonathan except that it was based on certain principles he was not ready to compromise.
He said: “My decision was based on what would be for the good of Nigeria and since I didn’t consider Jonathan good enough, I told him to his face. What would I be afraid of?”
The ex-President accused Jonathan of seeing the world and attending to state matters within the prism of Ijaw politics or nationalism.
He said: “I once asked him (Jonathan), ‘What is this Ijaw thing all about? Can the Ijaw people make you President?’
“I remember when he granted pardon to Alamieyeseigha and it became an international embarrassment, I also asked him, ‘Why did you do it? He started by offering the lame excuse that it was a Council of State decision before I reminded him that Council of State was merely advisory and that the decision was his.
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he warned ex-President Goodluck Jonathan against assigning the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former minister.
He said Jonathan ignored him and the nation could feel the consequences.
He also said he asked Jonathan not to seek a second term ticket in office in line with the agreement he had reached with prominent Northern leaders.
He said although Jonathan enlisted Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo on January 12, 2015 at the Hilltop residence in Abeokuta to beg him, he said he stood his ground that Jonathan must abide by the one term agreement.
Besides, he explained that poor handling of Boko Haram insurgency made him to oppose Jonathan’s return because a continuation of the administration could endanger the country.
He accused Jonathan of considering state matters within the prism of Ijaw politics.
Obasanjo made the disclosures in a new book, “Against The Run of Play”, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.,
The ex-President said: “He (Jonathan) gave me the impression that he was not going to give her (Diezani) the portfolio but at the end he did and we can see the consequences. He of course knew what he was doing.”
For about two years, the ex-Petroleum Minister has been under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Besides the N23.29billion poll bribery scam, Mrs Alison-Madueke has been implicated in the $1.04billion Malabu Oil Block scandal, and the $15billion “missing” NLNG dividends, among others.
But the ex-Minister, who was arrested in London on October 2, 2015 by the National Crime Agency (NCA), has said that she has left all allegations against her to God.
In a statement, she said: “I have absolute regard for the law and believe that people who have breached the laws that govern societies should be made to face the wrath of the law. But in a civilised society, a responsible government owes its citizens absolute commitment to the principles of rule of law, equity, fairness and justice. I have been wrongfully and maliciously maligned and those behind this reckless action know it.
“I leave them to posterity, their conscience and above all the Almighty God who is the final judge of all.”
Obasanjo insisted that she ought not to be the Minister of Petroleum Resources.