Nigeria’s former president and head of state, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday revealed reasons behind Chief Lamidi Adedibu support of Alhaji Shehu Musa Yar’Adua over Chief Olu Falae in 1992, during the pre-election preparation for the 1993 presidential election.
Obasanjo who elucidated the behind-the-scene of the 1992 event said both Yar’Adua and Falae were his close aides while he was a military head of state.
According to Vanguard report, Obasanjo said he was the one who convinced Adedibu to shift ground and support Yar’Adua.
He said: “In 1992, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua came to me to request me to intervene on his behalf with Chief Adedibu. It was the usual thing I would do but for Shehu.”
“I went to the chief (Adedibu), meeting him one on one for the first time and he received me warmly. And I said to him, I know both Olu Falae and Shehu Yar’Adua very well as they both worked directly under me, Olu as Permanent Secretary and Shehu as my political number 2.
“They are both very good. But if we are looking at the entire Nigeria picture, it should be Shehu before Olu; If, however, it is purely Yoruba issue, it should be Olu before Shehu.
“If my information is correct that you people are considering Nigeria and not just Yorubaland, then I will recommend Shehu. That led to Chief Adedibu changing his support in favour of Shehu Yar’Adua in 1992,” Obasanjo revealed.
Obasanjo who revealed this during the launch of the autobiography a former Oyo State governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala’s book titled: “Amazing Grace,” congratulated Alao-Akala, who attained the age of seventy years recently, for his contributions in the political circle, saying: “You have had opportunity to serve, you have served to the best of your ability.”
“You have kept as best as you could recollect records of events as you wish to present them. It has become part of history and let others contend. And you are already a maker of history,” he added.
Dignitaries from all walks of life converged on the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan to celebrate the former governor.
Among the personalities were; Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, for Chief of Staff under the administration of the former governor, Dr Saka Balogun, who reviewed the book and others.
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