Obasanjo Through Oshiomhole’s Eyes

Nigeria News takes a look at the relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is under attack by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole early this week.

Oshiomhole told a cross section of decamped members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC in Kano that Obasanjo and many others were opportunists behind Nigeria’s current economic and political woes.

Not only did he carpet the former President, he said that Obasanjo’s support for his former vice and the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar was a plot to rule Nigeria by proxy.

The former labour leader actually led the Nigeria Labour Congress during Obasanjo’s regime where he learnt a bit of politics and eventually became the Governor of Edo State.

He was around when Obasanjo was jostling for an unconstitutional third term agenda. Oshiomhole was around when the minimum wage was increased to N18,000.

It must be noted here, however that the attack on Obasanjo, coming from Oshiomhole is like a kettle calling pot Black.

Both knew each other well. Obasanjo survived the Labour force because he had a Labour leader that compromised easily during his tenure.

No doubt, Oshiomhole is eloquent and rugged, Obasanjo knew how to manage him and one of the ways then was to invite the comrade to the presidential villa when it was dark to sort things out.

So, if Obasanjo had succeeded with his third term agenda, an Oshiomhole would have preferred to delay his governorship ambition, perhaps to make more money in the Labour union.

However, Obasanjo failed and having made some cool money, the Labour leader invested in politics. There was no record that he stole or looted public funds but the comrade enjoyed part of the largesse that flew around in 16 years of the PDP, eight of which Obasanjo was the president.

Oshiomhole later pitched his tent with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN because he knew that “Baba Iyabo” could rubbish him if he had joined PDP.

Of course, Obasanjo never hid his concern about how Nigeria is being governed. He had written letters to almost all the administrations after him, both civilian and military about the challenges in their governments and how they could solve it.

He gave advice and would not mind standing against any government that would not listen to him, even if he had helped such regime to the seat of power.

Since Obasanjo condemned the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, he had embraced Atiku. Obasanjo would not have supported Atiku if the latter would not agree to his agenda, which is a sharp deviation from restructuring being preached by the PDP candidate.

The former President threw his weight behind Buhari in 2014, thinking that the president would do his bid. With Obasanjo’s support, former President Goodluck Jonathan was voted out of power because of high level of impunity and his rebellious attitude towards “Ebora Owu”.

Call it ruling by proxy after he failed to clinch the third term agenda, Obasanjo did this during the regime of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua. He protected Yar’Adua’s seat even when it was obvious that the man was dying and might not make it.

He was the one who also gave directive that Jonathan should be sworn-in after the death of Yar’Adua.

To Oshiomhole, the support that is coming to Atiku from Obasanjo now is a ploy by the former President to realise his third term agenda through the back door.

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