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Why Obasanjo almost backed a Buhari/Okonjo-Iweala ticket in 2011

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Why Obasanjo almost backed a Buhari/Okonjo-Iweala ticket in 2011

by Ibrahim Faruk

Political observers, analysts, friends and even political adversaries will have to wait a few more days for the official release of the book ‘The Accidental Public Servant,’ authored by former FCT minister and now Congress for Progressive Change chieftain, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

However excerpts from his memoirs are already generating controversy with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, again the recipient of scathing remarks.

Yinka Odumakin, the spokesperson to Maj.-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, CPC presidential candidate, has described revelations from el-Rufai’s book about political events leading to the 2011 elections, as an eyewitness account.

According to Odumakin, el-Rufai revealed a plot by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to dump President Goodluck Jonathan for Buhari but later changed his mind.

Odumakin said, “I have read it. That is the honest truth. It shows that whenever Obasanjo takes a position, people should understand why he is taking the position. Whenever he is taking a position, he is always fighting for his personal interest.”

He continued by saying, “Jonathan backed Daniel faction of the PDP. That was why Obasanjo made a U-turn and said he would support Buhari/Okonjo Iweala ticket.”

The National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, also said, “Malam El-rufai has opened up on some very intricate issues, giving us very incisive details of some behind-the-scene acts that many of us were not privy to. I was not privy to that, I didn’t know about that.”

“But what Nigerians should understand clearly and see here playing out is that of who the real Obasanjo is and has been all his life. I have always told people that Obasanjo sees the world, nay Nigeria through a four-sided prism.”

“That is, Olusegun Obasanjo one, Aremu Obasanjo two, Okikiolu Obasanjo three, and Matthew Obasanjo four. He sees the world through that four-sided prism so that it is first about what is in it for me in this thing?”

“Before he now sees what is in it for Nigeria. He has only behaved through to type and you saw the way he sold the dummy to

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the AD governors in 2003 and all of them had to bite the dust for believing him.”

“It is not surprising what Rufai was saying. Thank God, El-rufai did not say that Gen. Mohammadu Buhari bought into that lie that Obasanjo was trying to sell. Because Gen. Buhari knows Obasanjo very well, and he (Buhari) is the man that believes in the truth and believes in going about the Nigerian project in a very clean and decisive manner.”

“You need to ask yourself there is a big gap, a world apart between Gen. Buhari and Obasanjo in terms of what they stand for. Buhari is all through and through a patriot, who truly loves Nigeria, who is not in this project for monetary or pecuniary gains but he is in it to be able to elevate, to be able to emancipate the Nigerian people.”

Explosive revelations continue to herald the official release of el-Rufai’s ‘The Accidental Public Servant’. According to El-Rufai, the book is set to be officially released on the 7th of February, 2013. The Accidental Public Servant is an account of El-Rufai’s experiences within the Nigerian public service.

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