Obasanjo reveals why he did not grant Gani Adams’ request to visit him
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that he has rejected the request of Aaare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams to visit him both in and outside government.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the duo, Obasanjo and Adams fell out during the first term of the ex-president.
It was further learnt that the O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC) which Adams coordinated was blamed for widespread violence in Lagos at the time.
But Otunba Gani Adams was eventually arrested by the police and OPC was outlawed.
Speaking on reports that he has reconciled and settled a 15-year-old rift with Adams in Lagos, Obasanjo said he bore no grudge against Adams.
Reports disclosed that the duo, Obasanjo and Gani Adams met at the residence of a leader of Afenifere (a South west cultural group), Ayo Adebanjo.
Other leaders of the group were also said to be in attendance.
In a statement signed and issued by the former president’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi 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.”