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Obasanjo Did Everything To Undermine Awolowo’s Legacies – Bisi Akande Reveals In New Book

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Chief Bisi Akande, a former Osun State Governor and first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken a swipe at Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Akande in his recently released book, “My Participations,” described the Patriotism of the Ex-President as fake, adding that he has never seen anything genuine about Obasanjo.

He said Obasanjo’s ambition to be the centre of attention in Nigeria fuelled the ex-President’s constant hatred for the late Obafemi Awolowo (former Premier of the defunct Western Region).

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Akande further narrated several instances where Obasanjo allegedly attempted to bring him down.

He added that even after he had been rigged out in the 2003 governorship election in Osun State, Obasanjo did not relent in his effort to bring him closer to himself to rubbish him.

Olusegun ObasanjoAkande said during the centenary celebration of the Baptist Church in Abeokuta, Obasanjo announced that he was “an example of a prudent and honest governor”.

“He said I was the most credible. That didn’t make me have a change of opinion about Obasanjo.

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“I have never seen anything genuine about him despite his self-glorification,” Akande wrote.

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He added, “It was this vaunting ambition that made him express constant hatred to the most altruistic and selfless leader of our time, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“He continues to wonder till tomorrow why the Yoruba people, especially after his tour of duty as a two-time President, continue to elevate Awolowo to the highest pedestal while they have no respect for him. So, he would wonder to his grave!

Obasanjo's letter to buhari“In his detestations for Awolowo, he is ruled by a virulent inferiority complex, believing that he needed to do everything to supplant the greatness of Awolowo or undermine his legacies.

“That was why he launched the Universal Basic Education in 1978, knowing that free education would be the core of Awolowo programme for the Second Republic.

“That was also why he continued in this line during his two-term disastrous presidency.

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“For the reason that I was not dancing to his tune, Obasanjo did everything to depress and discredit my government and undermine us in Osun state.

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“Indeed, he wanted my government to collapse and once I had a problem with (Iyiola) Omisore, he adopted him as a willing tool and railroaded him into the Senate despite his detention for the assassination of Bola Ige,” he wrote.

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He accused Obasanjo of ordering that Osun State should be short-paid by N216 million monthly from the Federal Allocation.

“At the beginning, we were earning about N150 million when our salary bill was about N260 million.

“Suddenly, the price of crude oil was rising and the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) was back in the account.

“So instead, of our own income to move from N150 to N300 million, we were experiencing reduction.

“Suddenly also, they decided to deduct N216 million from our allocation.

“We went to the Budget Office in Abuja to find out why they were making the deductions and we were told it was ‘order from above,’ meaning they were acting on a directive from the Presidency.

“My finance commissioner, in frustration, advised that perhaps we should bribe them. I said ‘No’.

“I wanted to know what the cause of this order from above was but we didn’t find out anything. They did this for a few other states too.

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“They claimed they were deducting for some inexplicable international debts. 

“But I came to know the sinister motive when (Olagunsoye) Oyinlola became governor and they paid the arrears of the deductions to his government,” Akande added in the autobiography.

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