Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has been making a lot of damning revelations about his now sour relationship with former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Fayose, who trended yesterday on social media over his exposure of how OBJ allegedly used him to scuttle Atiku’s presidential bid, has dropped another bombshell today. He claims that Obasanjo helped put his successor, Late Umar Musa Yaradua in power because he wanted someone he could easily ‘control’. It can be recalled that Fayose was the head of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s National Committee, which searched for the party’s presidential candidate in the 2007 election.
He disclosed that Obasanjo was aware of Yaradua’s ill health but still proceeded to field him as a presidential candidate. He told The Interview;
“As a loyal Obasanjo boy then, I went to Obasanjo and told him that this committee that was set up, everybody seemed to prefer Makarfi except me and one other person and we were in the minority. Five out of seven governors wanted Makarfi. Then Obasanjo pointedly told me that Makarfi was too smart and would not be easily controlled by him.”
Fayose pointed out that after the failure of Obasanjo’s third term bid, He ordered him(Fayose) to go and put yaradua on the ticket. Quoting OBJ, Fayose said, “Don’t tell him I asked you to come. You just psyche him up.”
The Ekiti governor added;
“I acted as directed by Obasanjo, but the man told me expressly that he was not well enough to aspire to be Nigeria’s president, that the job would be too rigorous for him. After much persuasion, he then told me the only condition under which he might consider running was if all stakeholders would sign up and reach an agreement to pick him as the consensus candidate because he did not want any hassle.
I went to tell Baba (Obasanjo) what Yar’Adua told me. On the issue of Yar’Adua’s ill health, I remember Obasanjo told me, ‘Don’t worry about his sickness; government money dey to manage his ill health.”
It is common knowledge now that Obasanjo and Fayose do not see eye to eye. The two politicians are sworn enemies and a reconciliation seems very far from sight.