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How Abiola rejected Atiku as his vice president in 1993 – Shehu Sani reveal

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Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani claimed this information was given to him by the late Shehu Yar’Adua when they were in Kirikiri Maximum prison in 1995.

Sani said Abioa refused the recommendation of Atiku to be his running mate and instead chose Babangana Kingibe.

Abiola’s presidential ambition was cut shot after the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida administration annulled the election which has been adjudged the freest and fairest in the country’s history.

He wrote: “While we were in KiriKiri Prisons in 1995,the great late Shehu Yar’adua told me that he recommended to Abiola to take Atiku as his Vice President But Abiola took Kingibe.”

Senator Ayo Fasanmi who is a chieftain of the Afenifere said Obasanjo was not the leader of the Yoruba people or the messiah of Nigerians.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for doing what Obasanjo failed to do.

He said: “Is Obasanjo the messiah now? He is not the messiah we are looking up to. As far as I am concerned, Obasanjo has become a spent force. He wants to be recognised as the one directing the affairs of the nation at every stage from the time he was military Head of State, civilian president, through the late President Umaru Yar’Adua time to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s period. He has the feeling that he knows it all.

“We should be careful about Obasanjo. I have my reservations about him. Yoruba must come together but not behind Obasanjo. Obasanjo can’t lead us. I can’t recognise any invitation from Obasanjo.

“The honour that was conferred on Abiola by President Buhari should have been done by Obasanjo. He didn’t do it. We thank President Buhari or doing this. We should support him and not Obasanjo’s agenda. Obasanjo should go into retirement. He only wants to be seen and heard.”

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