September 16, 2023

Obasanjo denies meeting President Tinubu at Alake’s birthday


By James Ogunnaike

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the 80th birthday reception of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo on Thursday.

A video clip on “@asiwajuwoldwidef” TikTok account had claimed that Tinubu and Obasanjo met on Thursday.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo condemned the post.

The TikTok account also lifted a banter between the two, when Obasanjo played host to the former Lagos State governor last year.

Akinyemi stated that the former President, who is now in South Africa for the burial of his friend and brother, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said the architect of the fake disjointed and sickening post should rather look elsewhere for the work he/she is looking for and not through him.

According to Obasanjo, “one, I have not seen Bola Tinubu since he visited me in my house in Abeokuta, when he was campaigning.

“Secondly, I was at the church and not the reception for Alake’s 80th birthday reception.”

To put the content of the video in proper perspective, it happened that during Tinubu’s visit to his house last year.

He met the former President playing his favourite traditional game (ayo) and he started the banter, jokingly telling the former President that he was shocked to see him playing the ‘ayo’ game at that time of the day.

Spontaneously, as he was getting up from his chair to welcome him and other accompanying visitors, Obasanjo responded: “When I don’t have job. If you are ready to give me job, I am ready to do it.”

Shortly after, Tinubu was heard praying for longevity for Obasanjo, as they both walked into the sitting room with others.

The above is, however, contrary to the meaning the viral video is putting out.

Reacting, Obasanjo said: “I am not looking for work and I am not working with anyone as the fake news puts out.

“Those who are looking for people to work with Bola Tinubu should look outside Obasanjo.”