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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Why Obasanjo Stopped 'Osinbajo 2023 Campaigners' In Ogun - Source

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The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Fresh facts have emerged on why former president Olusegun Obasanjo stopped some supporters of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo from campaigning for their man inside Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) premises Abeokuta, Ogun State.

It was learnt that Obasanjo took the step to prevent the Vice President's supporters from unduly converting the sprawling OOPL premises into a campaign ground for the much speculated 2023 presidential ambition of Osinbajo.

The ex - President, it was gathered, further, did not want the group to use its own agenda to constitute nuisance and distract dignitaries who were around for the more important engagement already slated for that day within OOPL.

The Vice President had on Monday morning flew into Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, and met with former president and elder statesman at his penthouse in OOPL but a pocket of Osinbajo supporters  felt they could use the auspicious visit,  moment and premises to drum support for the yet - to -be - declared Presidential aspiration.

It was learnt that the supporters had stormed OOPL ostensibly to prod the Vice - President to declare and peel out the nagging pall of uncertainty hovering over his 2023 Presidential ambition.

The people said to have been drawn from across Ogun State , however, were both shocked and disappointed when Baba Obasanjo who quitted partisan politics over 7 years ago to become father of all Nigerians politically, yelled at them, instructibg that they should immediately take down their placards which they had already raised sky - high.

The Daily Crucible recalls that barely a month ago, a Presidential aide, Senator Femi Ojudu also visited the ex - President at OOPL for a motive unconnected with the rumoured Presidential aspiration of Osinbajo but the outcome of that visitation had remained subject of conjecture in some quarters.

However, the Vice President in his keynote address at the Monday event in OOPL, lamented military incursion in democratic governments of some African countries, describing it as a period of peril.

He called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and other African organisations to wake up to the challenge and put measures in place to  ensure political and economic stability of the West Africa and Africa at large.

He also reckoned that the "Africa we want cannot be secured by turning back the hands of the democratic clock, rather by addressing the basic problems of ill-health, malnutrition and illiteracy, among others."

The dialogue was organised by the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), which has former President Olusegun Obasanjo as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

The Vice President said, we know that “we cannot secure the Africa we want by turning back the hands of the democratic clock. We have walked these thorny roads before. We have many decades worth of bitter experience and the unimpeachable lesson of our history is that despotism cannot guarantee the security and prosperity for our people.”

Making reference to political situations in parts of West Africa, Prof. Osinbajo noted that “the recent spate of military interventions across our continent not only portends the risk of a damaging democratic recession, it takes us back to the cycles of extra-constitutional disruptions that plagued us decades ago and which we assumed to be part of a closed chapter of our journey.”

Prof. Osinbajo commended the recent actions of leaders across the continent, noting that “it is a testament to our democratic commitment in Africa that we have been united in condemning the toppling of elected governments in the region.” 

He said: “The immediate imposition of sanctions on extraconstitutional regimes by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the concurrence of the AU not only demonstrates our unity of purpose on this issue; it is an unequivocal affirmation of a pan-African consensus on democratic norms.

“Yet we must also acknowledge a criticism that has been levelled against our responses thus far. One highlighting a mismatch between our immediate and uncompromising condemnations of military regimes and our relatively lukewarm reproaches to elected governments that fail to act in ways consistent with democratic values.”

The VP then noted that “the progress of our democracies on this continent must therefore be pursued in terms of the struggle to address the basic problems of ill-health, malnutrition, illiteracy, and famine which daily afflict our people. Where social and economic rights are unsecured, people are unable to fully maximize their civil and political rights. For instance, access to qualitative education enhances and enriches the freedoms of expression, thought and conscience.”

“Conversely, pervasive illiteracy can nullify the freedom of the press. In the progressive vision, political rights and socioeconomic rights are mutually reinforcing. In any event, the fulfilment of the social contract is the enduring value proposition of democracy,” Prof. Osinbajo added.  

Prof. Osinbajo however noted that despite the present challenges “this is also a moment of opportunity – one in which we can reflect on our democratic progress, strengthen our institutions, deliver on socio economic development and deepen our commitment to building successful democratic states.”

In a release by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & PublicityOffice of the Vice President, he listed other dignitaries at the event as former President of Nigeria, H.E. Goodluck Jonathan and former President of Sierra Leone, H.E. Ernest Koroma, among others.

 



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