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I Didn’t Want A Corrupt Successor As President – Obasanjo

Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 12:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem  – Abeokuta


Late President Umaru Yar’Adua was the best candidate for president in 2007, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday.

He said this opinion was based on available information at the time.

This was the view expressed by the former president in an exclusive interview with Channels Television at his hill top residence in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

He spoke against the backdrop of allegations that the choice of late President Umar Yar’Adua was not Nigeria’s best material for president from the North.

Refuting views that he and his kitchen cabinet exercised poor judgement in picking him to be the candidate of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obasanjo stressed that he could not have selected a known corrupt person for the position.

Among those jostling to replace Obasanjo at the end of his eight-year tenure in 2002/2003 were his deputy, Atiku Abubakar; Chief Peter Odili, then Rivers State governor, Donald Duke of Cross River State; and Obong victor Attah of Akwa Ibom; in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obasanjo had picked Yar’Adua, with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, then governor of Bayelsa State, as running mate.

“If I give the job to the corrupt, will I be able to defend myself before God and man?” he questioned.

Obasanjo has received flak as his book, My Watch, came under review, with some of his critics arguing that he exercised poor judgment in picking his successors.

“We did our best, but if you say our best is not good enough, I will say, when it comes to your turn, do better.

“With all the people that are available, for successor, what we came up with was about the best that, at that time, we could think of,” he said.