I chose Yarâ€™Adua because others were corrupt â€“Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
FOrmer President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday
that he chose the late former President Umaru Yarâ€™ Adua as
his successor because the others who wanted the post
Obasanjo said one of the people who wanted to succeed
him in 2007 was â€œstinkingly corruptâ€ and that the only way
he (Obasanjo) could justify himself before man and God
was to go for Yarâ€™Adua, who, he said, was the only one
among the contenders then who was not corrupt.
The former President, who spoke in an interview with a
private television station, Channels Television , in Abeokuta,
did not mention the â€˜corruptâ€™ Yarâ€™Adua rivals.
Among the prominent presidential hopefuls in the Peoples
Democratic Party in 2007 were Obasanjoâ€™s deputy,
Abubakar Atiku; and ex-Governor of Rivers State, Peter
Atiku later abandoned the PDP to contest the presidential
election on the platform of the defunct Action Congress
while Odiliâ€™s ambition fizzled out with the nomination of
The AC later metamorphosed into the Action Congress of
Nigeria, which later merged with the Congress for
Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party to
form the now ruling All Progressives Congress.
Obasanjoâ€™s choice of successor died on May 5, 2010 from
heart-related ailments. Many condemned Obasanjo for
choosing a man who was manifestly sick to lead the
But in the Channels interview, Obasanjo said he only acted
based on the information made available to him.
He said, â€œEven if you take your son as your successor, you
are not sure of what he will do when he gets there. Donâ€™t
ever kid yourself.
â€œWhat do I know about any successor? What he presents.
When he gets there, he presents it differently.
â€œWe did our best, but if you say our best is not good
enough, I will say, when it comes to your turn, do better.
â€œWith all the people that are available for successor, what
we came up with was about the best that we could think of
at that time.
â€œOne of those who wanted to do the job came to me and
said, â€˜Sir, I like your job, but I cannot do it the way you are
doing it.â€™ Now, if he had told me that, should I then come
and say, â€˜okay, come, let me give you the job?â€™ He had told
me that, â€˜I like your job, but look, the way you are doing it, I
havenâ€™t got the stamina to do it that way.â€™ Then, what do
you expect me to do?
â€œOr the one that I know that, oh!, this one, before he gets
the job, heâ€™s stinkingly corrupt. Now will I be able to defend
myself before God and man if with what I know I give this
job or I encourage the man to have this job?â€
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