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Many 2023 political aspirants should be in jail – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday declared that many aspirants parading themselves for one political office or the other ahead of the 2023 general elections should be in jail.

Obasanjo also predicted that Nigeria might soon collapse into different countries if its citizens failed to unite.

The ex-President spoke at the international symposium organised to mark his 85th birthday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He lamented that several politicians aspiring for political positions and their supporters should have been arrested, tried and jailed for corrupt practices if the anti-graft agencies had done their jobs diligently with the support of the judiciary.

The symposium was attended physically and virtually by eminent personalities, including President Paul Kagame (Rwanda); former President Nicéphore Soglo of Benin Republic; Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Prof Goski Alabi (Ghana); Ambassador Barry Desker (Singapore); Prof Juma Shabani (Burundi); Dr Mary Khimulu (Kenya); Dr Moussa Kondo (Mali); Prof Sarah Agbor (Cameroon); Anambra State Governor-Elect, Prof Charles Soludo, and a former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, among others.

Obasanjo, who spoke on the theme, ‘Africa Narrative with Nigeria Situation’, advised Nigerians to learn from the events of the past and put aside sentiments in choosing the next president of the country.

He said, “I cast a cursory look at some of the people running around and those for whom people are running around. If the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission had done their jobs properly and supported adequately by the judiciary, most of them would be in jail.

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“Any person who has no integrity in small things cannot have integrity in big things. Fixing Nigeria must begin on the principles of nation-building, not necessarily on emotion, sentiment, euphoria, ignorance, incompetence, ethnicity, nepotism, bigotry, sectionalism, regionalism, religion or class.

“The issues of security, stability, development, economy and our relationship within Africa and with the rest of the world can only be taken care of if we get the issue of nation-building right.

“We have a lot to learn from the events of the last almost 24 years and God is not to blame if we fail.

“It would appear that we are not getting our priorities right and that can spell doom for our country if we fail to do what we should do for nation-building in terms of fundamentals of equity, justice, common ideals, popular education, shared values, mutual respect and equality of opportunities anchored and propelled by leaders across the board that are persons of integrity, honour, morality, competence, great virtue, courage to do what is right, humility and ability to put a team together and work with them in selfless devotion and service with the fear of God.”

Obasanjo, who warned against the collapse of Nigeria into different countries, also called on Nigerians to speak with one voice and vote for a candidate that would bring development to the country.

The former President maintained that Nigeria would continue to face insecurity, economy and other challenges until Nigerians agree to speak with one voice.

Obasanjo however complained about alleged manipulation of election results in the country, warning that if the situation persists, Nigeria might go into extinction.

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Tinubu visits Obasanjo, APC supporters flood ex-President’s residence

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Scores of supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Wednesday, stormed the residence of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta as the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu visited the former President.

Tinubu arrived at the Penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in his chopper at about 1:09pm in company of some party leaders.

He was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, Segun Osoba, and other Ogun State government functionaries.

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They have all gone into a meeting with the president.

The meeting was believed to be in connection with ambition of Tinubu in the coming elections.

Our correspondent reports that the duo had not been seen together since 2015 when he escorted the then APC candidate,  President Muhammadu Buhari, to Obasanjo’s residence.

He was also at the 78th birthday of the former President held at Abeokuta in March, 2015.

The two of them have since kept their distances as Obasanjo withdrew his support for Buhari and the APC, which he supported to power by tearing his card as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Deji Adeyanju mocks Obi over meeting with Wike, others

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Deji Adeyanju

Political activist Deji Adeyanju has mocked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi, over his meeting with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, especially Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike.

Adeyanju recently placed a bet of $10000 that Obi will come third in the forthcoming general election,

It was the second time the former Governor of Anambra State met with Wike after dumping the PDP and declaring his presidential ambition on the LP platform.

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Others at the meeting include former Governors Olusegun Mimiko( Ondo); Donald Duke (Cross River) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe).

Also at the meeting were Benue Governor Samuel Ortom; Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke and several others.

Adeyanju accused Obi, who is touted to be the ‘saviour’ of the country, of always meeting with PDP chieftains.

The activist said Obi cannot help Nigeria from corrupt political leaders, declaring supporters of the former Anambra Governor as “PDP Lite.”

He wrote: “The person they say wants to save Nigeria from corrupt PDP and APC is always running to PDP folks and he doesn’t know they are just using him to catch cruise. That’s why I said the Obidents are PDP Lite. Good thing is February is almost here.”

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2023 poll: I’ve no alliance with Tinubu, says SDP presidential candidate

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Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Adewole Adebayo

THE Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Adewole Adebayo, has reacted to a rumour making rounds that his party has formed an alliance with the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, ahead of the 2023 election, saying it is not true.

He said the APC had failed Nigerians in all sectors, adding that the ruling party brought bad luck to Nigerians.

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He said: “Who is Tinubu? He is not here. SDP is the party of Abiola. We can’t merge with APC and if they want to merge with us, I don’t know because they haven’t told us, if they want to merge with us, we have to take them for deliverance and sanitization, because how do you merge with such bad luck, they had mismanaged the nation’s economy.

“If we are important and they want to merge with us, they can join SDP, and queue up because many of them used to be members of SDP before they joined corruption. What we want to do now is not about them because Nigerian people have a choice.”

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