How Obasanjo knelt to beg Gaddafi, used me to wreck Atiku’s presidential ambition – Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has made some of the most far-reaching revelations yet about the years in office of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Fayose said in the current edition of The Interview that Obasanjo used him to wreck the presidential ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the chance of former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Markafi, becoming the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in 2007.
He said in his naivety, Obasanjo also used him to attack former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, among other political foes.
He, however, said the scale fell off his eyes when on a trip with the former President to Tripoli, Libya, where Obasanjo had gone to ask Moummar Ghaddafi to support his Third Term bid, the former Libyan president treated Obasanjo like a serf.
Recalling the encounter he said, “It was such a pathetic scenario, so shameful. Obasanjo was speaking rapidly like a parrot. I was shocked beyond words. I never knew Obasanjo would be that humble. He was on one knee till the end of the conversation. Gadaffi kept quiet and was just watching Obasanjo. When Obasanjo stopped rambling, Gadaffi said, ‘Have you finished? Just know that I will not attend that meeting. I have other engagements.”
He also revealed how on two major occasions when he went to visit Atiku at the height of Obasanjo’s Third Term bid, security details promptly reported him to the former president, even before he left the venue, leaving him feeling spooky and vulnerable.
On the Obasanjo-Atiku saga, Fayose said, “Obasanjo told me that when you capture a general and you don’t kill him, he’ll come back and kill you; that since Atiku tried to stop him and failed, he must pay for it. And he (Atiku) is still paying for it.”
In a statement that could reverberate beyond Nigeria’s shores, Fayose said he knew, as an insider at the time, that after promising Taylor safe haven in Nigeria, Obasanjo betrayed former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, to get U.S. support for this Third Term bid.
He revealed how the current Chairman of the PDP was sidelined in favour of a sick and stubbornly reluctant Umoru Yar’Adua and his role in it as chairman of the Presidential Selection Committee.
Fayose warned Kalu against “selling” the Igbo down the river “for cheap politics” and blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for making IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu popular.
He also spoke on his attempts to reach Buhari directly; former governor Kayode Fayemi’s relationship with APC leader Bola Tinubu; and his futile attempt to discourage former governor Peter Odili from accepting Obasanjo’s dummy that he was heir apparent.