I Never Endorsed Tinubu – Obasanjo Speaks


By News Editor


Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied ever endorsing the APC presidential candidate and his arch political for, Sen Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his visit.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Hon. Femi Gbajaboamila, had claimed that the former military leader might had endorsed the former Lagos State governor for the Muslim-Muslim ticket.


Obasanjo, who spoke at the inauguration of a 300-man planning committee on the installation of the new Olowu of Owu, Oba Saka Matemilola, said he told Tinubu that the APC candidate had added two phrases recently used by the former Lagos Governor to Yoruba vocabularies.


He said, “We now have two vocabularies in the Yoruba dictionary, ‘Emilokan’ and ‘Olule’. These two vocabularies are now popularly used”.

“I asked Bola and he laughed. I said whether the vocabularies are good or bad, we have started using them.”


But Obasanjo who is believe to behind the candidature of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, at the weekend opened up on some of the things he told Bola Tinubu during the latter’s recent visit.


Obasanjo stated that he cautioned the presidential candidate of the APC on the two careless words he (Tinubu) recently used prior to the APC election – Emilokan and Olule – have become popular among Nigerians.

Emilokan and Olule loosely translated respectively as “it’s my turn” and “he fell to the ground” were used by Tinubu when he spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during his consultation prior to the APC presidential primary, in his desperation to clinch the ticket.


Tinubu had bragged that it was his turn to become the APC candidate and had also recalled how President Muhammadu Buhari “fell” during his three previous attempts to become president until he ran under the APC in 2015.


During the week, Tinubu had visited his political foe, Obasanjo and sought his support for the 2023 general elections.


Although the duo had kept mum over what played out at the meeting, it was speculated that the meeting was to seek Obasanjo’s support in the 2023 presidential election.

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