by Adeola Balogun
Another dramatic twist has occurred in the case of an 11-page letter said to have been written to former President , Olusegun Obasanjo by his daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo.
The letter, which was published by Vanguard earlier today, criticizes Chief Obasanjo for being a bad father and leader.
In confirmation of the letter’s contents, former Governor of Ogun and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Segun Osoba has said that Mrs. Obasanjo-Bello expressed the same sentiments to him during a recent meeting.
According to Sahara Reporters:
Osoba confirmed that he met Iyabo Obasanjo during his trip to the United States in September 2013. Recounting his chance meeting with Ms. Obasanjo to Sahara Reporters, Chief Osoba said he was in the United States for the 73rd anniversary of the Nieman Foundation Fellowship when he ran into Iyabo, a former senator in Nigeria.
The former governor told Sahara Reporters he was staying at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge when he had a chance encounter with the daughter of the former president who told him her car was parked in the hotel’s basement parking lot.
Chief Osoba said that, after the meeting, Ms. Obasanjo went downstairs to get her car and then drove him to the offices of the Nieman Foundation Center where he had an event. He said commute took close to an hour, leaving plenty of time for a long conversation between him and former President Obasanjo’s daughter.
Speaking further, Chief Osoba disclosed that Iyabo expressed exactly the same sentiments about her father contained in her letter that was just published by SaharaReporters. According to the former governor, Ms. Obasanjo stated that her father would divide the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) more than it was then after his so-called intervention in the party. He said Ms. Obasanjo also stated that she had no plans to return anymore to Nigerian politics, a sentiment she expressed in the acerbic letter to her father.
Chief Osoba added that, after his return from the US, he met former President Obasanjo a month later at the 80th birthday party of Chief Adedoja Adewolu and told him of his encounter with Iyabo in Massachusetts, including her view of his intervention in the PDP. Former Governor Osoba said he strongly believed that his discussion with Mr. Obasanjo might have prompted the former President to tell his daughter to run on the platform of the APC, another revelation made in her letter.