Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been labeled a coward by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo state, Chief Charles Idahosa.
The attack is coming following Obasanjo’s letter criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Idahosa, a former Special Adviser on Political Matters to ex-Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole also accused Obasanjo of harboring plans to rule Nigeria by ‘proxy’ through his Coalition of Nigeria movement.
Speaking in an interview with The Independent, Idahosa 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. To me, it is very depressing, irritating and annoying. Obasanjo is the least qualified to advise President Muhammadu Buhari. 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 wants to decide for Nigerians who governs them.
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 four years. He was a coward. He was afraid of becoming Head of State after Murtala Mohammed’s assassination.”
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He added: “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 them? 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 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 is not ready for that role. He is just comfortable with being the governor of Bayelsa but Obasanjo went for him because he has 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 and I believe the coalition is dead on arrival. No serious-minded Nigerian will take Obasanjo serious.”
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