Although the book ‘The Accidental Public Servant,’ written by former FCT minister now CPC chieftain, Malam Nasir El-rufai is yet to be officially presented to the public, excerpts from the memoirs is already generating controversy with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, the recipient of scathing remarks.
Commenting on the book, spokesperson to Maj.-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, Yinka Odumakin, has described revelations about political events leading to the 2011 elections, as a factual account.
In the book, El- rufai revealed a plot by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to dump President Goodluck Jonathan for Buhari but later changed his mind.
“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” Odumakin started.
“Jonathan backed Daniel faction of the PDP. That was why Obasanjo made a U-turn and said he would support Buhari/Okonjo Iweala ticket.”
In his own reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, described the revelations as a reflection of the true character of Obasanjo.
Fashakin admitted that though he and several others were not privy to the behind-the-scene dealings at the time, he was not surprised by Obasanjo’s behaviour.
He 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 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.”
Fashakin go to hell. In politics there is nothing like permanent friend, we only have permanent interest. Politics is a game of d sage like Obj…..
This hell rufai is too desperate like his leader Buhari. Whether Obasanjo wanted Buhari o and later change his mind for Jonathan all these na old story. Jonathan go finish anoth younger Nigeria with vision for all go enter. Fashi all these talkn naija don dey wise
Believe hell Rufai and u’ll believe anything in the world!