Tinubu Calls Obasanjo Greatest Election Rigger : The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in a letter dated January 2019, described former president Olusegun Obasanjo as the greatest election rigger in the country.
GoldenNewsNg understands that Obasanjo and Tinubu were at loggerheads especially between 2004 to 2007, during their respective administrations when Obasanjo was President and Tinubu governor of Lagos State. Obasanjo had seized Lagos State’s local government funds in 2004 after accusing the governor of illegally creating additional local government councils.
The seizure was enforced until the end of the Obasanjo government in 2007, despite a Supreme Court order that the funds be released.
The feud between the two politicians continued as both never shared a political party, but have always been on the opposite side of the divide.
Due to this, Tinubu had in a letter on January 23, 2019, titled ‘Chief Obasanjo – At War Against His Own Deeds’, described Obasanjo in disparaging terms, calling him shameless leader who had a wicked sense of humour.
Obasanjo Is Purely Shameless And Has Wicked Sense Of Humor
Tinubu said, “Former President Obasanjo is many things to many people; but he is all things unto himself. His recent contribution to our political discourse wherein he alleges plots to steer the coming elections shows he benefits from an exceedingly faulty memory, is purely shameless or has a most wicked sense of humour. Perhaps all three are facets of his makeup and were equally on display in his latest prosaic display.
“The crux of his long tirade was the allegation that INEC is poised to cook the election results. Chief Obasanjo should not get his dander up and waste good ink for nothing. This election will be a free and open exercise of the people’s right to choose their leaders. Obasanjo makes fiery allegations against this right but offers no corroborating evidence; he presents only reams of words.
“This is because Obasanjo is projecting onto the APC the misconduct he would work if still in power. Yet, the ways of Obasanjo are not those of the APC. And this difference has meant the better for Nigeria.
“Moreover, Chief Obasanjo should be the last to complain about election rigging. His administration was an unalloyed miscarriage of justice and of the best aspirations of the Nigerian people. We all know he was not elected in 1999. He was handed Nigeria on a silver platter; perhaps because Nigeria was so easily given that he went about treating the nation as if it was a less than precious thing; he thought it was a cheap give-away not a privilege to govern this nation.