Osoba Blasts Obasanjo, Says ‘My Watch’ Is A Distortion Of History


Former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Segun Osoba, on Monday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a big liar and an untruthful chronicler of history.

He made the remarks in Lagos while responding to some claims in the former president’s highly controversial autobiography, ‘My Watch’.

Speaking at the launch of “Watch The Watcher: A Book of Remembrance of the Obasanjo Years”, which is a rejoinder to Obasanjo’s book, written by Yinka Odumakin, at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, Osoba, a former journalist, said he would also write his own account to debunk the lies in ‘My Watch’, especially as it concerns how the Alliance for Democracy, AD, lost Ogun State in 2003.

“I am going to give my own verdict in my own book. An aspect of it was the mention of 2003, where Gen. Obasanjo denied the relationship between the AD and the PDP. He said it was the idea of the Vice President, the Turaki of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar. I think the story is far from the fact. Well, we are age mate. So, I can say that it is far from the truth”, Osoba countered.

According to the ex-governor, who was also chairman of the occasion, in 2002 during the University of Lagos Convocation, Obasanjo requested to meet him and other AD governors who were at the convocation, at Dodan Barracks.

“When we got there, he begged us to support him in 2003 to retain his seat as President in the 2003 election. But we told him it was not a decision we could take without the involvement of elders of the party such as Abraham Adesanya.

“So, another meeting was fixed for Ogun Government Lodge in Abeokuta. At the meeting, Obasanjo begged for our support again.

“However, two weeks before the 2003 presidential election, Abraham Adesanya accused Obasanjo of trying to use military tactics to outwit us. He failed to keep to the terms of the agreement we had with him.

“I am surprised that Obasanjo in his book denied knowing nothing about the arrangement between AD and his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. I will give a full account of what happened in my book”, Osoba said.

Also speaking at the event, an Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, took the former Nigerian leader to the cleaners, saying he is a man that has no conscience, a self-centred man, who believes no other person matters except himself.

“A man who says he is clean…, the Yorubas have a saying that if you want to know who you are, speak to the people around you. Your wife says you are bad, your son says you are of no use, your daughter says you are a miscreant, and you still say you have done well… You know the type of people they are”, he was quoted as saying.

Guests at the event include Prof. G.G.Darah of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, who reviewed the book, Odia Ofeimun, Col. Tony Nyiam, Col Bello Fadile, Akin Osuntokun, Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, among others.