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Fayose reveals how much Obasanjo allegedly paid lawmakers for 3rd term bid

17 October 2016, 16:01

Ekiti - Governor Fayose of Ekiti state has alleged that former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave lawmakers N50m each, to support his failed third term bid.

Fayose also said Obasanjo is the cause of corruption in Nigeria, and described him as a laughing stock.

The Governor said the former President is trying to cover up something, because of his frequent visits to the Presidential Villa.

Fayose added that Obasanjo is supporting the Buhari administration because he wants to protect himself.

According to Daily Post, he said "I’m not ready to take issues with Obasanjo because if you are talking about corruption today, Obasanjo is the cause. (What about) the N50m Obasanjo (allegedly) gave each lawmaker for his failed third term agenda?

“I was an Obasanjo boy. Obasanjo can’t be celebrated as a saint in Nigeria. When he talks, I just shake my head. Sometimes, when he goes to the [presidential] Villa, I wonder if he has shame at all. When he was [the president], Buhari was not visiting him regularly. Obasanjo is behaving like somebody who wants to cover [up] something at all cost.

“I want a former president that will know this nation does not belong to one man. Most of the problems in this country were caused by Obasanjo. The impeachment of a governor by four lawmakers was done during Obasanjo’s tenure as a president. Tell me where the moral is.

“We should not deceive ourselves. The fact that he is supporting the government of the day tactically is to protect himself. Sometimes, I ask if he is looking for a political appointment. Have you seen Ernest Shonekan and other former presidents visit Buhari like he does? He is becoming a laughing stock. That is the way I see it.”

Ayo Fayose also said those who betrayed the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, will pay dearly for their actions.

The Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Bala Na’Allah, had also accused the former president of bribing lawmakers with N50 million each to back his third term ambition when he was the President according to News24.

“If former President Obasanjo can come out with one proven record of corruption against me as a person, I promise to vacate my seat as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  For the records, I was the only member from Kebbi State, who did not find it worthy at that time to collect the sum of N50m as an inducement to subvert the constitution and provide a constitutional framework for the third term ambition of (then) President Obasanjo.

“I find this statement, if it is true, to be reckless and terrifying. The implication of the statement is to say that the entire over 170 million Nigerians have not elected a single person with integrity among the 469 members of the National Assembly. This is definitely rhapsodic and does not conform to common sense and reason.”

- News 24


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