The Presidency has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of using the police and Department of State Services to oust some state governments under his administration.
The claim was made in a piece titled, ”The real price of change the change campaign (2)” , written by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity. Although the piece did not directly mention Obasanjo’s name, the incidents mentioned refer to when the retired general was in power.
Obasanjo allegedly used the police and DSS to topple the Oyo, Plateau, Anambra and Ekiti state governments. He was said to have also insisted that Peter Obi, then Anambra governor, to either join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or forget re-election.
“A five-man legislature met at 6am and ‘impeached’ ex-Governor (Joshua) Dariye in Plateau; 18 members out of 32 removed ex-Governor (Rashidi) Ladoja of Oyo State from office; in Anambra, APGA’s ex-Governor (Peter) Obi was equally impeached at 5 am by members who did not meet the two-thirds required by the constitution.
“His offence was that he refused to inflate the state’s budget. The lawmakers had reportedly met with representatives of the President in Asaba, Delta State and then accompanied to Awka by heavy security provided by the police Mobile Unit.
“The PDP President at that time had reportedly told Obi to forget re-election in 2007 if he did not join the PDP because he (the President) would not support a non-PDP member.
“In Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose, in his first term, faced allegations of financial corruption and murder. Following the failure to heed the instruction of the Presidency to impeach only Fayose and spare the deputy, Madam Olujimi, now a senator, the PDP President declared that there was a breakdown of law and order in the state and declared a state of emergency.
“He appointed Brig-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (retd.) as the sole administrator of the state on October 19, 2006.
“In an earlier incident in Anambra, it took an insider collaboration to thwart the unseating of Governor (Chris) Ngige by a powerful thug sponsored by the PDP administration,” he wrote.
He said none of such incidents had happened under President Muhammadu Buhari. He praised Buhari’s concern and love for the poor citizens of the country saying those were one of his greatest assets.