Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo denied meeting President Bola Tinubu on Thursday in Abeokuta.
In a widely shared video on social media, it was claimed that Obasanjo and Tinubu had met at the 80th birthday celebration of Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland, and had pledged to work for him in exchange for a job.
Obasanjo responded to the viral video on Saturday, calling it nasty, phony, and fragmented.
Obasanjo denounced the video in a statement from his media adviser Kehinde Akinyemi, claiming that the jokey exchange took occurred between him and Tinubu when he hosted the former governor of Lagos State in 2022, just before the nation’s 2023 general elections.
The statement quoted Obasanjo as saying that,“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.”
The statement explained further that,“during Tinubu’s visit to his house last year, he met the former President playing his favorite 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.”
This, according to Akinyemi, goes against the message that the popular video is trying to convey.
Akinyemi quoted Obasanjo as saying that,“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.”
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