by Kolapo Olapoju
Minister of Police Affairs, AbdulJelili Adesiyan, has alleged that former heads of state, Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari have colluded to form an interim government in the country.
Adesiyan made the allegations at the presentation of a book, “Watch the Watcher”, written by the publicity secretary of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin.
He said: “Many of those in the APC are disgruntled PDP members who are no longer relevant and because they could not have their way, they have started to heat up the polity. They have said they will form a parallel government if they lose.
“Obasanjo is already planning to install an interim government with Buhari. But we will vote and we will work with whoever wins the election.”
“They have been in government before, they’ve done it before, they’ve seized power in an unholy manner, they’ve been ‘couped’ out by their own coup and they have done what they wanted to do.”
The minister, who was detained in 2003 for the murder of Bola Ige, accused Obasanjo of picking Jonathan as the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s running mate because he felt he could control him but his plans backfired.
He also claimed that Obasanjo is angry with Jonathan because he refused to become his puppet, adding that his romance with Asiwaju Tinubu is ill-fated, as the latter would eventually outsmart him.
The minister said: “He picked a President that was sick and while we were campaigning for the President, he (Yar’Adua) was always in Germany receiving treatment. While many were lobbying for the VP slot, Obasanjo picked a gentleman, Goodluck Jonathan, who had no strong political base so that he could control him.”
“Unfortunately for Obasanjo, God had a better plan and Jonathan refused to be used. Obasanjo, being the man that he is, has now teamed up with Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar to snatch power but Tinubu will outsmart him because we Osun people are smart. Ask Tinubu, he is my brother, from my state. He is from Iragbiji while I am from Ode-Omu.”
Adesiyan also reacted to the issue of politicians making inciting statements or statements considered mutinous, saying such persons will be arrested and prosecuted, as no one is above th law.
He said: “Well, I said it and I will continue to say, I am warning, anybody who makes inflammatory statement or says anything that is mutinous will be arrested and prosecuted. They should stop the drum of war. Anybody that calls for revolution will be consumed by that revolution, Nigeria belongs to all of us.”
“There is nobody that is untouchable. Anybody who does it, no matter how highly placed, will be arrested and prosecuted. Nigerians would have seen what they are saying, they are trying to make a lot of propaganda to cow the government. Whoever says it, would pay for it. I am saying it, they would pay for it. This country is established by law and the law must take its course,” he warned.
“Power belongs to the people, it belongs to God and He gives to whom He pleases. Goodluck Jonathan never dreamt 10 years ago that he would become president of this country. Today, by the grace of God, he has been planted, water or not, he would germinate. That is why they have to keep shut and watch what they are going to say.”
Meanwhile, the Director of Communications, Buhari Campaign Organisations, Dele Alake, said the allegation was absurd that Buhari was plotting the emergence of an interim government when at the same time, he is also participating in the presidential election.
He said, “It must have dawned on Nigerians that the PDP don’t have any answer to the multifarious problems plaguing Nigeria and that is why they have resorted to mudslinging and character assassination.”
“If Buhari was planning an interim government, why would he be running for President in the first place? I think sanity has taken leave from them. Buhari remains the only viable solution to the quagmire that Nigeria has fallen into and it will take a disciplined person like Buhari to straighten things out.”