Ekiti State Governor, Buruji Kashamu, Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP South West and Bode George have all reacted to a statement made on Saturday by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, in which he accused President Goodluck Jonathan of planning to hang on to power by hook or crook or imposing on Nigeria a “Gbagbo treatment”, a reference to the former Ivorian leader who instead of conceding electoral defeat, plunged his country into war. Continue below to see how the men have reacted.
What Ekiti Governor, Fayose said;
“The moment Obasanjo is not the one controlling a house, he will want the house pulled down but this time around, he has failed.”
“Obasanjo has always benefitted from the misfortune of others and he is living with the impression that he is the wisest person in the whole world.
“When Murtala Mohammed was murdered in 1976, Obasanjo was the beneficiary.
“In 1993, he said the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola was not the messiah Nigeria needed. Instead of Obasanjo to join the clamour for the actualisation of Abiola’s mandate, Obasanjo was canvassing for an Interim National Government, which he schemed to head.
“MKO Abiola died in detention in 1997 (1998) and Obasanjo became the beneficiary of his (Abiola) death.
“Despite the fact that it was the blood of MKO Abiola that Obasanjo marched on to power, not even a street was named after Abiola throughout Obasanjo’s eight years as president.
“Today, Obasanjo is fighting President Jonathan, the man who has done what he failed to do for Abiola, the Yoruba people and Nigerians as a whole when he was president for eight years, simply because he does not want anyone to equal his record as Nigeria’s longest serving president.
“President Jonathan has made it impossible for Obasanjo to run his presidency for him and for this reason, he is supporting Buhari, hoping that he will be the one to nominate ministers for Buhari if he becomes president.”
What Buruji Kashamu said;
“Let us not be deceived. As well-intentioned as Chief Obasanjo’s homily may seem, it is all lies. It is an open show of his manipulative skills and his well-known egoistic craving for power and relevance.”
“I urge Nigerians to be wise and conduct their independent investigations on claims by politicians,” he said as he called for his arrest and investigation.
And Bode George....
“Baba has served his own term, he has played his roles. I don’t want to conclude that his life would end up like Saul in the Bible.
“I will also want to call on our Obas to talk to Baba that he should remain at that pinnacle of respect because it is becoming too personal. No human being is perfect.”
“If Baba had attended the Council of state meeting in Abuja, he would have understood why the elections were postponed,” he said.