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Ojudu shares details of Tinubu’s ‘secret meeting’ with Sunday Igboho in 2009

Ojudu shares details of Tinubu’s ‘secret meeting’ with Sunday Igboho in 2009
January 25
17:14 2021

Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to the president on political matters, says Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held a secret meeting with Sunday Igboho in 2009.

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Igboho, whose real name is Sunday Adeyemo, has been in the news lately over the eviction notice he served to herders in Ibarapa local government area of Oyo state.

In a piece on Monday, Ojudu said with his support, Tinubu persuaded Igboho not to interfere with the 2009 rerun election in Ekiti state. 

Segun Oni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had defeated Kayode Fayemi of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2007 gubernatorial election.

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Dissatisfied, Fayemi, through the support of Tinubu, challenged the outcome of the election in court.

In February 2009, an appeal court sitting in Ilorin ordered that a rerun be held in some polling units.

In his piece, Ojudu said Tinubu summoned him after the ACN got wind of information that the PDP was planning to recruit thugs to rig the election.

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Tinubu instructed we must get Igboho at all cost, says Ojudu

Ojudu said he suggested that they should invite and dissuade the PDP thugs from disrupting the election.

“A few days to the election, we got an intelligence report that the PDP big wigs had perfected a plan to unleash thugs recruited from across Yoruba land on Ekiti. The plan was to kill and maim as many as possible, snatch ballot boxes and win by any means possible,” he wrote.

THE DIALOGUE WITH ‘POLITICAL WARLORDS’

“Tinubu summoned me to Lagos and said Femi, ‘I have conducted a scientific opinion poll. You people can win this election. The only snag however is they are deploying state security as well as thugs against you. State security men we can handle (and he did creatively handled them ) but how do you handle thugs?”

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“I then suggested we dissuade them by engagement and inducements. After all they are in the business only for the money and not for ideological reasons.

“We reached out to both Ade Basket in Akure and Fada Geri in Ondo. Both were dreaded in political circles. We had a series of meetings with them and were able squeeze an agreement with them that they will not make themselves available to PDP for hire. I got them to even sign documents for me that they were going to stay off Ekiti elections.

“The biggest headache for us then was Sunday Igboho who we learnt has been hired and paid by a Senator from Osun to come and cause mayhem in Ekiti. Tinubu instructed we must get him at all cost.

FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH IGBOHO

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“Igboho received a golden handshake from Tinubu”

“Six days to the election we began our search for him. Eventually we met someone who had his number. I put a call through to him and he agreed to meet with me in Ibadan. We scheduled an appointment and had a meeting at a small hotel not far from Premier Hotel.

“Tinubu , I told him , has sent me to him that he will like to have a meeting with him. He said he will love to meet him as he has heard a lot of good things about him too. The problem he said is he is PDP and not ACN. I said that precisely is the reason why he wanted to meet with him. He asked if I could keep this a secret, I said why not. Papa Adedibu , and our Osun Senator , he said must not learn about his meeting Tinubu. I told him there is no way they will know except it leaks from his side.”

He explained that they were able to convince Igboho to ditch any plans of interfering with the electoral process after a meeting with Tinubu in Ondo state.

“He agreed to a meeting on Thursday preceding the election. I reported back to Tinubu who then relocated from his base in Lagos to Sunview Hotel in Akure. Igboho drove down alone at about 10.00 pm. I and Tinubu had a dialogue with him,” he wrote.

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“Igboho!” Tinubu said, “I have heard a lot about your bravery. The Ekiti people have suffered too long under the rule of PDP. They are looking for change. I learnt you have been hired to make this impossible. I have invited you to plead with you to allow the poll to be conducted peacefully. If after that the PDP wins fine. If the ACN wins, all well and good”.

TINUBU ‘LECTURED IGBOHO ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF DEMOCRACY’

“Tinubu went on and on lecturing him on the beauty of democracy and unencumbered electoral process. By the time Tinubu finished with him, he became sober and contrite. ‘Baba,’ he said, ‘I have heard you and I am pleased with what you have said. Whatever you want me to do I will do even though I have collected money from the other side’.

“This was the extent Tinubu went to secure Ekiti for his party, ACN. Most of this the candidate, Fayemi, himself was not even aware of.

“Tinubu then beckoned me to follow him to the bedroom of the suit he occupied in the hotel. ‘Femi this guy appears sincere. It does appear we have dissuaded him.'”

“Thank you Baba” Igboho said with a smile across his face as soon as he received a golden handshake for agreeing to not kill in Ekiti as they had planned.”

Ojudu also shared details of a plot with which Igboho used in deceiving the PDP so as to abandon the plot to foil violence during the rerun exercise.

‘THE FAKE DIG’

“He then said that he will be in Ekiti on the eve of the election but when it is 2.00 am I should put a call through to him. He will put his phone on speaker and I should tell him I am a police AIG and that the police has discovered his presence in Ekiti and will be raiding in 30 minutes time,” he said.

“With that call he will tell his minders he can no longer stay. He will pack his boys and their lethal weapons and leave town. Tinubu ordered food and drink for him. He will touch neither. He however overtime became comfortable in our midst and regaled us with several anecdotes from his career as a political enforcer. One particular anecdote stayed locked up in my memory till today because it was so funny.

“According to Igboho he went through the tutelage of Chief Adedibu, the strong man of Ibadan politics. He said he was one of his most reliable and trusted thugs. At a point in their relationship, Adedibu , he said began to suspect he was getting too powerful and independent. Adedibu , he narrated, then invited him to a meeting and told him he will like him to run for the chairmanship of a local government.

“He said he knew this was an attempt by Adedibu to bench him and he therefore told Adedibu that he was not educated , not able to speak English and could therefore not be chairman of a local government.

“Adedibu , he said , looked at him and barked an order STAND UP! He stood up. “SIT DOWN!” He sat down. Adedibu then said “and you claim not to be educated. Whatever is left we shall add it unto you”.

‘TAKING OVER ALL THE ROOMS IN EKITI HOTELS’

“A week before the election, we had reserved and paid for all the rooms in all the hotels in Ekiti. The money ran into several millions. Tinubu, as usual, paid for this. The strategy was to ensure no thug or any undesirable element had a place to stay in the state. Security men and INEC officials had to appeal to me, sometimes through Tinubu, to release some rooms to them to stay. With this we knew who was staying where. And we closely monitored them and their activities.

“When Igboho and his band of 50 thugs arrived Ado Ekiti that Friday we were able to monitor them till they were taken to be accommodated over night in government house due to lack of hotel accommodation in the state.

“This was the situation when at 2:00 am I did exactly what Igboho instructed me to do and he and his men fled town. Two hours after leaving I got a call from him. They did head count and found out two of their men were missing. They found out the two had gone to town in search of women. Igboho pleaded with me to help retrieve them and get them out of town following morning.

“At about 5.00 am that morning I picked them up in front of the Fire Station at Fajuyi Park , took them to my house and by 6.00 am got a driver to take them out of town.”

15 Comments

  1. Mename
    Mename January 25, 20:09

    So when are you going to tell us how you deal with MC and numbering his boys?

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    • Jerubbaal
      Jerubbaal January 26, 21:33

      You refuse to tell us how much you paid him to betray his former boss, the strong man of( Ib)late now. God is going to deal with you all. For what you have been doing to this country. The wicked shall not go unpunished. True confession lies.

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  2. Daniel
    Daniel January 25, 20:15

    A disgusting and abhorrent story. What manner of politrick is this? Should one who was involved in such an abhorrence be bold to EVER speak of it without shame? Disgusting.

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  3. SD
    SD January 25, 21:20

    Debunkable. Baba Adedibu died on June 11 2008, Ekiti election was held in April 2009.

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  4. Omoluabi
    Omoluabi January 26, 07:23

    Mr ojudu are you saying that this man “Sunday igboho” is a betrayal?, okay if so, you need to come again and tell us who give him money this time around. Is it Arewa group, Biafra group, Buhari, APC or the PDP itself, so that we can understand this your story better.

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    • Truth
      Truth January 26, 14:23

      These men are short-sighted. He didn’t tell us this story when this guy was useful to them and their course. He came telling us cock and bull story to discredit him when he is not fighting the course he is a direct beneficiary. These politicians are only about themselves and their personal interest. Imagine when Fulani herdsmen kill Pa Fasorati daughter, this Ojudu of a guy would have been there to shed crocodile tears with the old man. Now, someone is brave enough to face the evil Fulani herdsmen, he is coming out to make us believe that somebody has bankrolled him. This man, Ojudu Femi is behaving like a child to put it mildly. Such cannot be trusted. They are only for their stomachs. The same igboho he is trying to demonized is even more honourable than him, at least going by the story.

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  5. Bwala
    Bwala January 26, 09:21

    This story goes to openly show the politicians are the ones sponsoring thugs to compromise elections in the country. From the Tinubus and others across board. Funny enough, these same set of people want to come and rule Nigeria! No wonder we are yet to grow despite the blessings God has bestowed upon us as a country.

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  6. Sunnyy
    Sunnyy January 26, 09:22

    Ojudu needed to be ashamed of himself and shot his stinking mouth, this story for the gods can never change people mindset from the good job Sunday igboho had started.

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  7. Artiste Linguist Oshin Eddymurphy
    Artiste Linguist Oshin Eddymurphy January 26, 14:15

    Why are you just telling this story now. Mr man go and find somewhere to eat and sleep. The right thing he is doing now is what we see.

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    • Emi
      Emi January 27, 01:46

      If you want tell a story,tell it completely. How much did Tinubu gave to Mr. Sunday Igboho? Who gave him money this time ?

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  8. Jibo
    Jibo January 26, 14:31

    A very sad political development.
    How horrible!

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  9. Olu
    Olu January 26, 18:17

    Balderdash!!! Olodo.

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    • Nemesis
      Nemesis January 27, 11:01

      Adedibu died in 2008. In your cock and bull story you refer to him giving instructions and being alive in 2009. Femi Ojodu, we will mark you as an enemy of the Yoruba people and consequences await you for this attempt to stain the name of Mr Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho).

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  10. DonMafia McPen
    DonMafia McPen January 26, 19:35

    Mr. Femi Ojodu please, hide your face in shame. Now that you are done running fake and abhorrent comments on Igboho, can you tell us of all the despicable things you and Tinubu have done and still doing with MC and other daredevil thugs and hoodlums in Lagos and other South West States? You have also demonstrated that you are a shameless traitor and backstabber. How come you are opening your soured mouth to vomit this fake and abhorrent rubbish even when you said all you did was in confidence. Why betray him? This only shows that both you and your benefactor Tinubu are both traitors.

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