Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has reignited his long-running feud with Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of the country.
Obasanjo and Fayose were an item for the first few years of the fourth republic, when the former return to power after years of incarceration.
However, since Fayose’s impeachment in 2006, for which he blames Obasanjo, there has been no love lost between the two men.
Asked by Punch Newspaper if he was willing to make up with Obasanjo, Fayose gave a nonchalant answer, blaming his former mentor for many of the country’s current problems and even describing him as a “laughing stock”.
“That is if he is ready to make up with me,” he said.
“I’m not ready to take issues with Obasanjo because if you are talking about corruption today, Obasanjo is the cause. (What about) the N50m Obasanjo (allegedly) gave each lawmaker for his failed third term agenda?
“I was an Obasanjo boy. Obasanjo can’t be celebrated as a saint in Nigeria. When he talks, I just shake my head. Sometimes, when he goes to the [presidential] Villa, I wonder if he has shame at all. When he was [the president], Buhari was not visiting him regularly. Obasanjo is behaving like somebody who wants to cover [up] something at all cost.
“I want a former president that will know this nation does not belong to one man. Most of the problems in this country were caused by Obasanjo. The impeachment of a governor by four lawmakers was done during Obasanjo’s tenure as a president. Tell me where the moral is.
“We should not deceive ourselves. The fact that he is supporting the government of the day tactically is to protect himself. Sometimes, I ask if he is looking for a political appointment. Have you seen Ernest Shonekan and other former presidents visit Buhari like he does? He is becoming a laughing stock. That is the way I see it.”