2019: Idahosa speaks on reason Obasanjo formed coalition


A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Charles Idahosa, has said that people like former President, Olusegun Obasanjo still thrive in the country because of the high level of illiteracy among citizens.

Idahosa, former Special Adviser on Political Matters to former Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who spoke with Vangaurd, was reacting to the recent statement by Obasanjo asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek reelection.

He said Obasanjo’s letter is very depressing, irritating and annoying, adding that the former President is the least qualified to advise Buhari.

According to him, with the newly formed Coalition for Nigerian Movement, CNM, Obasanjo could be seeking his a third term as Nigerian President, by continuing to rule Nigeria indirectly.

He said, “I think it is most unfortunate that in a country where the percentage of illiteracy is very high that is where people like Obasanjo thrive.

“Obasanjo is so irrelevant in this country and I find it irritating when I see him parading himself as a kingmaker, who years after leaving office still want to decide for Nigerians who governs them.

“To me, it is very depressing, irritating and annoying. Obasanjo is the least qualified to advise President Muhammadu Buhari.

“If Nigerians continue to submit themselves to the dictates of Obasanjo, then we still have a long way to go. Obasanjo was a military of head of state for about four years.

“In his letter, he talked about insecurity under Buhari’s government. Under Obasanjo, prominent politicians that were opposed to him were assassinated.

“It has never happened like that under any other leader in this country. Chief Bola Ige, a sitting Minister of Justice was killed in his bedroom during Obasanjo’s government. Marshall Harry, South-South PDP leader was killed and also Aminoasari Dikibo.

“Many prominent politicians were killed under Obasanjo’s government and some cannot be traced. Yet, Obasanjo keeps coming back, fooling everybody and pretending to be the only one who can determine Nigeria’s future.

“To me, it is like there is now an association of corrupt people who are afraid of Buhari’s second coming and Obasanjo is one of them.

“Did you see anybody talking about that coalition again? I repeat, Obasanjo is just embarrassing himself. I saw the former Cross Rivers State governor, Donald Duke, a very successful young man as part of the movement and I laughed. Where was Obasanjo when Duke wanted to be Vice- President in 2007?

“Why didn’t Obasanjo pick him then? Is it now that he knew that Duke is brilliant and a new generation leader? It is now that he is suddenly in love with Duke and now wants him to lead Nigeria?

“Where was Obasanjo when people like Peter Odili wanted to become Vice- President? Obasanjo in his wickedness and evil plans of continuously ruling this country, knowing full well he couldn’t get a third term was looking for an opportunity to rule through the back door.

“He knew the late Umaru Yar’Adua was sick and he knew Goodluck Jonathan was completely bereft of any idea. Jonathan as far as I am concerned was not ready for that role. He was just comfortable being the governor of Bayelsa but Obasanjo went for him because he had an ulterior motive.

“Immediately, Jonathan, an Ijaw man became president, people like Edwin Clark, Asari Dokubo and other strong men of the South-South region surrounded him and Obasanjo was fenced out. I think Obasanjo, through his coalition, is only looking for another third term. The man wants to continue ruling Nigeria indirectly.”


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