Again, Tinubu attacks Obasanjo
A former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday attacked former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mr Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said the former president was Nigeria’s greatest “election rigger”.
The former Lagos governor spoke Saturday afternoon at the presidential rally of the ruling APC which held in Lagos.
Mr Tinubu said the former president conducted one of Nigeria’s most flawed elections, which prompted late President Umaru Yar’adua to admit that he was rigged into power after he was sworn in.
“When he was asked, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua admitted that the election which brought him into office was rigged,” Mr Tinubu told a large crowd at the rally in Lagos on Saturday.
“Who conducted that election?” he asked, rhetorically. Then the enthusiastic crowd screamed: “Obasanjo!”
The relationship between Messrs Tinubu and Obasanjo has often been frosty since the return to democracy in 1999 when both politicians held public offices.
Mr Obasanjo was Nigerian president for eight years between 1999 and 2007 while Mr Tinubu governed Lagos within the same period. Both men disagreed on resource allocation and other key governmental issues.
Earlier in January, Mr Tinubu had described Mr Obasanjo as an election rigger without peer in Nigeria.
As Nigerians prepare to cast their vote in the presidential election slated for next week, the hostility between both men appears to have been renewed. Both men have thrown their support behind different presidential candidates.
While Mr Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Tinubu is in support of the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
“Obasanjo is the greatest election rigger in this country,” Mr Tinubu said Saturday afternoon in Lagos.
Obasanjo, greatest election rigger in Nigeria – Tinubu
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the greatest election rigger in Nigeria.
This came just as the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, said unlike the PDP, the APC had never used the federal might to rig elections in the country.
Speaking at the APC presidential mega rally which held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, Tinubu said Obasanjo should be relegated to the dustbin.
He drew his allusion from a reported statement accredited to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua who stated in 2007 that the election that brought him into power was flawed. The 2007 election was conducted during the administration of ex-President Obasanjo.
A mammoth crowd of party supporters waited for over six hours under the sun for the presidential candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, and his entourage.
Dignitaries at the rally were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, regional vice chairmen across the country, host Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, governors of Ogun (Ibikunle Amosun), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Ondo (Rotimi Akeredolu), Edo (Godwin Obaseki), Osun (Adegboyega Oyetola), Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi) and Kebbi states (Abubakar Bagudu )
Others include the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, his colleague in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, pioneer National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande, and a host of other
Tinubu said during the administration of Obasanjo and Atiku, major companies relocated from the country, adding that the PDP’s move to return to power is to continue the sale of the country from where they stopped.
He urged the electorate to guide their Permanent Voter Cards jealously and troop out en masse to vote for the APC candidates across the board in the February 16 and March 2 elections.
Tinubu said, “Who sent Michelin, Dunlop, Siemens packing out of the country, it was the PDP government. They want to come back to take our money to Europe and America. For the foreign observers, you are truly welcome, observe what you want to observe, write your report in peace and go home, this is our democracy. America is still questioning its own democracy.
“In 2007, the late President Yar’Adua said the election that brought him as president in this country was flawed and he promised to reform it. Who conducted that election? Obasanjo is the greatest election rigger in this country, let him be put in the dustbin.”
Prior to Buhari’s arrival, Fashola listed the ongoing construction of road projects such as the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, the 3050 Megawatts Mambilla Power Plant, among others in Lagos and other parts of the country as the achievements of the present administration.