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Obasanjo: Why I’ve been rejecting Gani Adams’ request to visit me

Obasanjo: Why I’ve been rejecting Gani Adams’ request to visit me
December 02
21:02 2020

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says both in and outside government, he has rejected the request of Gani Adams, Aaare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, to visit him.

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Obasanjo and Adams fell out during the first term of the ex-president.

The O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC) which Adams coordinated was blamed for widespread violence in  Lagos at the time.

Adams was eventually arrested by the police while OPC was outlawed.

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Reacting to reports that he reconciled and settled a 15-year-old rift with Adams in Lagos, Obasanjo said he bore no grudge against Adams.

The duo were reported to have met at the residence of Ayo Adebanjo. a leader of Afenifere, the a south-west socio-cultural group.

Obasanjo, Adams and Afenifere leaders at the meeting

Other leaders of the group were also said to be in attendance.

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But in a statement which Kehinde Akinyemi, his media aide, issued on his behalf, Obasanjo said the visit to Adebanjo was not for reconciliation.

“It is true that I pai­d a personal visit to­ Chief Ayo Adebanjo a­t his residence in Le­kki Phase 1 on Decemb­er 2, 2020 and I met ­Gani Adams there,” Obasanjo was quoted to have said.

“I have no quarrel wit­h Gani Adams, but for­ his past way of life­ which was not in acc­ord with my standards­ and principles. I h­ave in the past, both­ in government and ou­t of government, refused to grant Gani’s r­equest to visit me.

“If at all anybody fee­ls I have a quarrel w­ith him or her that n­eeds reconciliation, ­such reconciliation w­ill, no doubt, take p­lace in my residence ­in Abeokuta only.”

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