- The fight between the presidency and former president Olusegun Obasanjo continues as the presidency accused him of forcefully impeaching governors
- The presidency claimed that Obasanjo used the security operatives to impeach no less than 4 governors from the opposition party during his tenure
The presidency has again taken a swipe at former president Olusegun Obasanjo barely a week after President Muhammadu Buhari accused the former president of wasting $16 billion on non-existent power.
The presidency claimed that Obasanjo during his tenure, employed the use of police and Secret Service to forcefully impeach no less than four governors who weren't members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
This was contained in a document titled "The real price of change-the-change campaign (2)”, written and released by the senior special sssistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, Punch reports.
Shehu said: “A five-man legislature met at 6am and ‘impeached’ ex-Governor (Joshua) Dariye in Plateau; 18 members out of 32 removed ex-Governor (Rashidi) Ladoja of Oyo state from office; in Anambra, APGA’s ex-Governor (Peter) Obi was equally impeached at 5 am by members who did not meet the two-thirds required by the constitution.
“His offence was that he refused to inflate the state’s budget. The lawmakers had reportedly met with representatives of the president in Asaba, Delta state and then accompanied to Awka by heavy security provided by the police Mobile Unit.
“The PDP president at that time had reportedly told Obi to forget re-election in 2007 if he did not join the PDP because he (the president) would not support a non-PDP member.
“In Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose, in his first term, faced allegations of financial corruption and murder. Following the failure to heed the instruction of the Presidency to impeach only Fayose and spare the deputy, Madam Olujimi, now a senator, the PDP president declared that there was a breakdown of law and order in the state and declared a state of emergency.
“He appointed Brig-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (retd.) as the sole administrator of the state on October 19, 2006.
“In an earlier incident in Anambra, it took an insider collaboration to thwart the unseating of Governor (Chris) Ngige by a powerful thug sponsored by the PDP administration.”
“Thank God for Buhari, none of these absurdities has happened under his watch but the PDP is indicating their boredom with his meticulous observance of the constitution by calling for a return to the old order."
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Shehu added that unlike the past administration, the present administration follows the constitution dilligently and the Buhari government loves the masses.
He said: “This is why he has led the country through difficult changes, such as the increase in the pump price of fuel and the landmark steps to stabilise the naira, at grave risk to political capital, but measures that had become necessary for the benefit of the nation."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that a meeting between the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bloc of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be held on Monday, May 28.
The meeting is in continuation of the dialogue over the grievances of members of nPDP bloc of the APC. President Muhammadu Buhari will be met by the attendees at the meeting, who will brief him on the outcome of the meeting.
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