By Adeola Badru
Former Nigeria’s President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, unravelled explanation why he supported the candidacy of Alhaji Shehu Musa Yar’Adua over Chief Olu Falae in 1992, through the pre-election preparation for the 1993 presidential election.
Chief Obasanjo, who recalled this through the launch of the autobiography of a former Oyo State governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala’s e-book titled: “Wonderful Grace,” mentioned each politicians have been his shut aides, whereas he was the army head of state, including that his choice for Yar’Adua was hinged on his perception within the Nigeria undertaking.
He mentioned: “In 1992, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua got here to me to request me to intervene on his behalf with Chief Adedibu. It was the standard factor I might do however for Shehu.”
“I went to the chief, assembly him one on one for the primary time and he obtained me warmly. And I mentioned to him, I do know each Olu Falae and Shehu Yar’Adua very properly as they each labored immediately beneath me. Olu as Everlasting Secretary and Shehu as my political quantity 2.”
“They’re each excellent. But when we’re wanting on the complete Nigeria image, it needs to be Shehu earlier than Olu; If nevertheless, it’s purely Yoruba subject, it needs to be Olu earlier than Shehu.
“If my info is appropriate that you simply individuals are contemplating Nigeria and never simply Yorubaland, then I’ll suggest Shehu. That led to Chief Adedibu altering his help in favour of Shehu Yar’Adua in 1992,” Obasanjo revealed.
He, then, congratulated Otunba Alao-Akala, who attained the age of seventy years not too long ago, for his contributions within the political circle, saying: “You will have had the chance to serve, you’ve served to one of the best of your capacity.”
“You will have saved as greatest as you might recollect data of occasions as you want to current them. It has grow to be a part of historical past and let others contend. And you might be already a maker of historical past,” he added.
In his comment, Otunba Alao-Akala, mentioned it fulfilled his need to bookmark the landmark narratives of his life, how the tragic dying of his father in a street accident in 1952 single-handedly threatened to swap his dream of attending to the cusp of his life aspirations.
“The title of the e-book, “Wonderful Grace just isn’t a happenstance. It’s the audacity of windfall to carry me out of the dungeon of a hopeless tomorrow right into a fulfilment of a life that I at the moment, have fun seventy years on earth.”
“My very significant and impactful sojourn within the Nigeria Police Pressure can also be amply documented within the e-book, to inform the story of how grace pushed me to the highest.”
“God introduced me from junctures the place many who had nice and larger hope of tomorrow, fell. He lifted me, with out an iota of hope, to my toes and introduced me to this juncture,” Alao-Akala posited.
He, nevertheless, expressed appreciation to Chief Obasanjo, who chaired the occasion, for forfeiting a lot of his schedules to be current on the event.
Dignitaries from all walks of life converged on the Trenchard Corridor of the College of Ibadan to have fun the previous governor.
Among the many personalities current have been, Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, for Chief of Workers beneath the administration of the previous governor, Dr Saka Balogun, who reviewed the e-book and others.