Former Governor of Ogun State Olusegun Osoba has revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo “rigged” him and 4 different governors of the South West out of energy in 2003.
Speaking at a colloquium held in honour of Kunle Ajibade on Wednesday, Osoba stated the previous President used the police to rig him and the 4 governors out of energy in 2003.
Osoba ruled Ogun State between 1999 and 2003 underneath the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He stated: “We have been going to court docket to deal with problems with fiscal tasks on police. In my very own case, I had Israel Ajao as my commissioner (of police). On the eve of 2003 elections, Obasanjo knew he was going to put in writing figures and Ajao was cooperative with me; letting me know the place ‘Area boys’ can disrupt and different issues… giving me safety report.
“What Obasanjo did was that two days earlier than the election, he transferred him to Abuja, by street! He was despatched to Abuja. I needed to go and combat till he was introduced again a day after the election. That’s to point out you the way a president can misuse (the police).
“I can recall the day he determined to sacked Musiliu Smith. He (Mr Obasanjo) known as a council of state assembly… he received there, informed Smith to provide us report and stated he ought to excuse.
“The subsequent factor was, Bola Tinubu stated, ‘I hope you are not scape-goating, I hope you are not going to look for a scape-goat!’ Bola had a trace that he was going to do one thing about Smith and he was hollering within the council of state assembly.
“At the tip of the day, he received what he wished and put his personal man, Tafa Balogun, who helped to rig the election for him.
“That is the story of the democracy that we are having and that’s why you must not relent. So we were rigged out and the cases that we were running could not continue because his own men came to the council of state.”