The Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has warned African leaders to avoid former president Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria like plague, claiming that the global citizen is “the actual confusion in the continent”.
He spoke via his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, while rejecting United Nations’ choice of Obasanjo as a mediator in Liberia following the fiercely contested election won by George Weah.
Fayose told the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres that the nomination of Obasanjo should be withdrawn because he was at the center of the manipulation of Weah’s electoral victory in Liberia’s presidential polls 12 years ago.
He called Obasanjo a bad and decayed element, who would exercebate whatever problem there is in the West African country instead of bringing solutions to same.
His words, “Obasanjo, who was a major actor in the Liberia’s 2005 election crisis lacked moral rights to be a mediator in the affairs of that country now that it had the first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected leader to another in more than 70 years.
“He will rather compound the problems in Liberia because I don’t see him being trusted by the President-Elect, whom he (Obasanjo) openly worked against in 2005 to impose the outgoing President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for reasons best known to him.
“The UN should be mindful of the fact that someone like Obasanjo that may be seen as celebrity and champion of democracy internationally is actually a bad and decayed element, lacking democratic credential here in Nigeria, considering his failed third term agenda.”
The statement also read, “the emergence of George Weah as Liberia President 12 years after he was short-changed by those who wielded power at that time is a further confirmation that that there is no God in man.
“I salute George Weah’s courage and resilience in spite of the activities and machinations of oppressors and interlopers who blocked his victory 12 years ago. Because the likes of former President Olusegun Obasanjo are not God, George Weah has been able to achieve his destiny through the grace and power of God and I wish him a successful tenure.”
Fayose further charged the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to learn from what happened in Liberia and allow the will of the people to prevail in 2018 and 2019 elections.