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Bombshell From El-Rufai’s New Book: “Whoever Wins, I’ll Run Aso Rock From My Farm” – Obasanjo

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After Olusegun Obasanjo failed to secure a third term in office, he boasted that 2007 and 2011 would be a “transition period”, as he would run the affairs of the country from his Ota Farm, irrespective of the fact that there would be a sitting president.

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This has been revealed in a recently published memoir of an Obasanjo confidant and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, entitled “The Accidental Public Servant”.

The book recounts that though former president Obasanjo had singlehandedly ensured that the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua succeeded him in 2007, he nevertheless planned to administer the country from his Ota Farm. He described the 2007-2011 period as a transition because all his pointsmen, including the “economic team”, would remain in office.

El-Rufai recalls the former president telling him thus: “Well, nothing will change, you know. I will be in Ota, but we will be running things. Everything will remain the same, you know. You will remain in the government, the economic team will remain. Nothing will change. Only I will move to Ota, and Yar’Adua will be here but we will be running things.”

When el-Rufai informed Obasanjo that he intended taking at least two years’ break from government business, the former president responded: “OK, well I just thought I should call you and explain to you that the next four years is just a transition period. The real change in government will happen in 2011. Not now.”

Obasanjo begged Atiku on his knees

El-Rufai also said in his seminal book, which will be launched at 10:30am on February 7, at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, that the former president begged his deputy on “bended knees” for his political survival.

In the 627-page book, El-Rufai said on page 151, “The stakes were high enough for Obasanjo to swallow his considerable pride and go to Atiku on bended knees.

“Obasanjo had no problem going down on his knees to beg for what he thought was impossible to obtain any other way.”

This rare and calculated display of meekness came around 2003, when Obasanjo feared he could lose the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) re-nomination bid if he did not make peace with Atiku.

The book recounts that faced with the possibility of losing the PDP ticket to Atiku, who had rallied all the governors on the platform of the party, the former president paid his deputy an unscheduled visit in 2003.

“The political bricksmanship got so bad that Obasanjo had to visit Atiku’s residence unannounced to plead for Atiku’s support.

“Upon arriving at his deputy’s residence, he reportedly knelt before Atiku and begged the vice-president to remain onside, thus guaranteeing the support of the 17 PDP governors. In return, Obasanjo had to agree to retain Atiku as his running mate (he was rumoured at the time to be considering an alternative),” the book revealed.

In his book, el-Rufai also queries the leadership recruitment processes, noting that it is at the root of the nation’s problems, as it sacrifices merit. He said that the choosing of the late Yar’Adua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as president and vice-president by Obasanjo was “the final nail in the coffin of any meritocracy or track record of governance in Nigeria.

“President Obasanjo chose Umaru Yar’Adua whose ill-health, among other challenges, was known already constituted a serious impediment to the possibility of any inspired and energetic leadership. The view of many well-informed Nigerians is that Yar’Adua and his deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, emerged for no other discernable reasons than being ‘weak’ governors sympathetic to the ‘Third Term’ project and therefore handpicked as payback.

“The subsequent electoral imposition of Goodluck Jonathan as president in 2011 via military occupation and rigging has been unhelpful in raising leadership quality. Jonathan went into a presidential contest without a campaign manifesto, boasting of no experience, merit and any track record of previous performance other than wearing no shoes to school and his ‘good luck’.”

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  1. charles johnson

    January 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I have never really reckoned with Obasanjo as a leader. He smacks of extreme self importance and me mentality. I think Nigeria will be a better place if people like him and his cohorts are totally weakened and sidelined.

  2. Fatoye A

    January 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

    What I don’t understand is the value this relevation has added to the lives of nigerians who can’t afford their three square meals.
    Baba can even lick the soil to retain power if he believes it is strategic.That,I believe is politics and has nothing to do with the common man.
    Most ex presidents still run things after office either by through their loyalists or some other means.
    El-Rufai’s book may be educative and revealing but anti-corruption efforts,good governance and sustainable economic programmes coupled with discipline on the part of the government and the governed should be our area of focus now.
    Compatriots,the world is leaving us behind.Let’s make everyday count!

    • Amarachi Peters

      January 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

      9ce word 4rm a sensible man

      • Hassan Adamu

        January 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Which sensible man, you mean this midget called el Rufai is sensible? The man who cornered all d lands in Abuja to his wices, children, girlfriends and me friend? This man is looking for any oppurtunity to win your heart and mine. It is d reason he took to CPC, thinking by the Buhari’s perception by the north he too will be accepted by them. I advice that he simply hides his face in shame as a thorough corrupted person than to try vilifying his benefactor

  3. Akinola

    January 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    El-rufai is a prating fool and a noice maker.obasanjo made hm,now is going down d drain whle obasanjo is flying high.there is no amoun of dis cry wud bring hm 2 lime light again.nonsence.

  4. Ugo

    January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This mallam El rufia is a perpetual liar and should not be taken seriously, I used to think he is intelligent.

  5. Anyabuike Anthony

    January 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Well Obasanjo is not new in the art of mischief but unfortunately his likes are the type a country like Nigeria can boast of any wonder then his unguarded rantings always seeking attention

  6. seun

    January 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    obasanjo did the right for kneeling for Atiku.it shows that obasanjo was more wiser than he(Atiku)…bcos wen an elgerly person of obasanjo calibre is kneeling for a younger colleague..it shows that the younger is heading for a doom..we should not forget after several the samr atiku still went back to beg baba in his ota farm..i advise el-rufai to go and re-edict is memoir

  7. Barbs

    January 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    El-Rufai is jobless. His memoir can not indict OBJ, so what is it meant for? He is no longer relevant in politics, and cheap things like this can not help you either. Go start up a business Mr. Man

  8. Tayo

    September 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Well done SAINT El Rufai, he only sees the errors of his former boss and mentor but sees himself as saint. Nigerians know the truth and can see the kettle calling the pot black.

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First celebrity Limited Edition Smartphone in Sub Sahara Africa: Davido Special Edition of Infinix NOTE 8

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Over the last few weeks, Infinix has floated its candy before the eyes of tech enthusiast intensifying their craving for the soon to be released device. Through several social media posts, Infinix has hinted on the imminent release of the NOTE 8 and we all can’t wait for the device to hit the shelves.

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The potential for iGaming in Nigeria uncovered

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There is a growing positivity surrounding the Nigerian iGaming industry. As the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief following the announcement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), it’s hoped that many burgeoning industries such as the world of iGaming can be allowed to flourish and bring much-needed tax revenues to the country.

Many analysts within the iGaming industry believe Nigeria has the potential to become Africa’s iGaming hub. Its domestic market is already forecast to be worth $2 billion, due largely to sports betting and the fascination with Nigerian soccer stars overseas like Odion Ighalo at Manchester United. Meanwhile, the domestic penetration of smartphones is also recognised, with some 83% of the population now owning a mobile device.

Nigeria was also a major focal point during this year’s SBC Digital Summit Africa, which was understandably conducted virtually earlier this month. Ahead of the summit, experts enrolled in the event were asked to vote on which African country offered the best foundations for iGaming operators to thrive. Nigeria outperformed every other nation, with 31% of all votes labelling Nigeria as the country with the highest potential to make a real
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Even South Africa, which has a well-established domestic iGaming market, ranked second with just 28% of the vote. Prospective Nigerian iGaming operators should certainly take a leaf out of the book of South African iGaming brands, many of which have cultivated a strong customer base through the use of incentives and sign-up bonuses. The vast majority of offers available at platforms like Casinos.co.za, direct gamers to the safest and most reputable
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One of the main reasons that industry experts believe in Nigeria’s iGaming potential is that it already boasts an engaged target demographic. Many of its young adults are already betting on sports like soccer and boxing, and there is a feeling that introducing them to casino gaming verticals would not be too difficult a stretch. Marry that with a growing number of smartphone users, which is predicted to reach over 140 million people by 2025, and you can
see the potential for iGaming apps and web applications to provide immersive, secure gaming
on the go.

Presently, the country has three separate bodies responsible for licensing online betting activities – the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). At the time of writing, online betting at a domestic Nigerian site is strictly prohibited by law. Loopholes regarding offshore operators make it possible for
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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Femi Otedola Finally Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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