*2023: Setback For Osinbajo As Obasanjo shuns His Lobbying Ojudu-Led Team*
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s touted however surreptitiously pursued presidential ambition was dealt a deadly blow not too long ago as former President Olusegun Obasanjo turned away the VP’s political emissaries at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, The Liberation News can verify.
The crew, led by Osinbajo’s Special Adviser on Political Matters and chief canvasser, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, was additionally composed by Dr. Awosika, a Senior Special Assistant on Community Engagement.
They not too long ago stormed Abeokuta together with some eminent individuals apparently to drum assist for the yet-to-be-announced presidential aspiration of their principal.
While the crew visited the paramount ruler of Egba Kingdom, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo and had a chummy run, the reverse was the case at Obasanjo’s Hilltop residence inside his Presidential Library.
Our correspondent who was on the scene, noticed that the Osinbajo’s emmisaries have been stored ready for a substantial interval earlier than phrases got here to them that they weren’t welcome guests to the place.
Ojudu was significantly suggested by considered one of Obasanjo’s workers to make haste to depart as the previous President reportedly took exception to Ojudu’s “garrulous and unstable incursions into sensitive political matters”.
While Obasanjo refused the crew , ostensibly despatched by Osinbajo, to hunt the previous President’s blessing on his behalf, a supply mentioned Obasanjo was displeased that Osinbajo may very well be hiding behind a finger in pursuit of an ambition that’s already recognized within the public area; and in addition for diminishing his relevance by sending to him mere aides working for his workplace.
“Baba (Obasanjo) believes that if Osinbajo is truly interested in becoming President, he should be bold and also feel free to come and tell him, rather than send a proxy/errand boys,” a supply near the previous President, who craved anonymity, hinted.
Another supply throughout the former president’s family additionally disclosed that Obasanjo disbelieved the declare by the Ojudu-led crew that they have been despatched to him by Osinbajo, as he patently disbelieves something the VP’s aide says. He sees Ojudu extra as a rabble rouser.
The Octogenarian former President was additionally mentioned to have been irked when Ojudu not too long ago introduced on Facebook that his son, Olajuwon, who got here on an informal go to to Ojudu in Abuja, was out to marketing campaign for Osinbajo.
“One factor is definite: if VP Osinbajo truly despatched Ojudu to guide a crew to return and foyer for him earlier than Baba Obasanjo, it was a transparent misadventure, as a result of Obasanjo wouldn’t sit down with a person like Ojudu, thought-about to be loquacious, unreliable, sly and a quisling.
“Again, Baba believes that a man who wants to be President should be bold enough to say it, and not to go about whispering through a third party,” a supply near the previous President, who sought anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the difficulty, additionally quipped.
Theliberationnews reliable supply revealed that Osinbajo’s fanatical ‘redeemersation’ of his workplace workers inhabitants is perhaps a pointer to his slim prisms of views about Nigeria and Nigerians.
And that, in accordance with him, can’t work. If present President Mohammadu Buhari is taken into account a core Muslim, selecting a leftist Christian like Osinbajo to succeed him will likely be a catastrophe for the nation, he enthused. The shame confronted by Ojudu led crew at Obasanjo’s residence is a reminder to Osinbajo to cease hiding behind a finger and be daring sufficient to announce his long-hidden presidential ambition thought-about to be duly a betrayal of his mentor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.