- Nigeria’s former leader has finally cleared the air regarding his decision to choose late President Musa Yar’Adua as his preferred successor
- Former President Olusegun Obasanjo disclosed that he knew Yar’Adua was ill but he was highly recommended
- According to Obasanjo, the major reason why his committee headed by Dr Olusegun Agagu, of blessed memory, picked Yar’Adua was because they knew he was honest and corrupt free
Ogun state, Abeokuta – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the late President Musa Yar’Adua was ranked higher in search for a successor.
Obasanjo said he took the decision to select Yar’Adua as his preferred choice despite knowing he was ill. According to him, medical advice showed that Yar’Adua, who had a kidney transplant, was fit to act as President.
Daily Trust reports that Obasanjo twice led Nigeria; first as military head of state (1976-1979) and later as an elected civilian president (1999-2007).
Obasanjo’s deputy, Abubakar Atiku; and ex-Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili were among those who fought for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket.
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The ex-general eventually settled for Yar’ Adua, who died in office on May 5, 2010 from what doctors termed acute pericarditis.
Speaking in an interview with TheCable, published on Tuesday, September 5, Obasanjo denied allegations he deliberately put up weak candidates for selfish interests.
Obasanjo noted that aside from the fact that Yar’Adua was said to be fit to rule the country, he was described as a man who was competent, honest, and would not steal.
“I set up a committee headed by Dr Olusegun Agagu, of blessed memory, to search for a successor. They considered many names and did an extensive assessment of all them. They made their recommendation. Umaru was top on the list.
“Their biggest argument in his favour was that he had integrity and would not steal. The issues concerning his health were raised and I gave his medical reports to an expert for an opinion.
“After assessing the reports, he said the patient appeared to have done a kidney transplant and if that was the case, there was nothing to worry about and he would be as healthy as any other person. That was it,” Obasanjo said.
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Legit.ng reported earlier that Obasanjo has revealed the real reason the four oil refineries in Nigeria will never work.
The four refineries are located in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna states.
Obasanjo said the refineries will never work as long as the government continues to hold onto them.
Former President Musa Yar’Adua’s first cousin joins Katsina guber race
Yar’Adua, who is a former secretary to the Katsina state government, made the pledge in Abuja on Wednesday, April 6, shortly after purchasing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination and expression of interest forms.
PM News reports that the aspirant attributed insecurity in the state to poverty, and neglect in governance, especially at the local levels.