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Untold Story How Osinbajo Turned Down Obasanjo’s Offer To Dump Lagos And Tinubu in 2005

Untold Story How Osinbajo Turned Down Obasanjo’s Offer To Dump Lagos And Tinubu in 2005


 Following the reactions surrounding Professor Yemi Osinbajo's open declaration that he will run for President in 2023, Mustapha Ogunsakin, a veteran and award-winning journalist, has revealed how the VP turned down then-President Olusegun Obasanjo's offer to replace Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as Attorney General of the Federation.


Ogunsakin's admission follows a flurry of personal attacks on the vice president by certain political foes, who attempted to paint him as a traitor for putting his hat in the ring.


"In 2005, President Obasanjo requested Osinbajo to assume appointment as the Attorney General of the Federation after Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN left office," Ogunsakin wrote in a post titled "Attacking Osinbajo," detailing how he rejected down Obasanjo's offer.

He said Obasanjo was impressed by Osinbajo’s impeccable record and wanted him to replicate the wholesome changes he had implemented in Lagos but Osinbajo was loyal to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Lagos state.





 

“Obasanjo saw the sterling qualities and performance that Osinbajo had as Attorney General of Lagos. The President without informing Tinubu offered the post to the Lagos AG. The first thing Osinbajo did was to inform his principal, Tinubu, who gave him a free hand to take his decision.”


Continuing, Ogunsakin said “Osinbajo made a request to Obasanjo: “Release Lagos Council funds.” Obasanjo replied that Osinbajo should first take the appointment and then advise him as Attorney General of the Federation on the matter.



 


 

“Osinbajo went underground and for weeks, Obasanjo could no longer reach him. It was obvious to the President that Osinbajo deliberately avoided him. He went on to appoint Chief Bayo Ojo SAN as his AGF and Minister of Justice.”


“Osinbajo rejected the position of AGF and Minister of Justice and stayed with Tinubu! Nobody complained then,” the award winning journalist noted.


Speaking further, Ogunsakin said, “the Vice President not only stood with Tinubu, but stayed loyal to Lagos State. He did not betray Tinubu then”.


Cautioning those calling Osinbajo a betrayer, Ogunsakin said “but now when it is convenient for them, some political and religious bigots are shouting betrayal!


Everyone knows that if you want to hear the story of how your father met your mother, join politics.”


He urged anyone criticising the Vice President on account of his declaration for the presidency “to do so on valid facts! Not lazy, religious and political lies that reveal your foolishness and hatred for a man who is doing his best to make his country and people better.”


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