Adedibu Left Good Legacies in South-West Politics, Helped PDP Win Guber Polls in 2003 — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late Chief Lamidi Adedibu as a “very honest ” politician , who helped the Peoples Democratic Party land the governorship ticket in Oyo State in 2003.

Obasanjo, who said this while delivering the keynote address at the book launch in honour of Adedibu at the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan, did not mention any name, but former Governor Rashidi Ladoja won the governorship poll in the state in 2003.

The former president , who wrote the foreword in the book titled ‘ Adedibu , the strongman and generalissimo of Nigerian politics’ , said loyalists of the late politician never left him because of his generosity.

Obasanjo said he was one of those who left good legacies in the South -West politics, saying he knew him very well.

Obasanjo said, “He (Adedibu ) said he contested in 1954 against the father of the man who was seeking to contest governorship election then (2003). I looked at him again and he said he was sure of what he said.”

“Baba was good to us and that is why I came here today and the same thing for some of the people here. We would not have been able to produce a PDP governor in Oyo State when I was the president.”

“I went to Baba Alayande when I was the president because he took me as a son. I asked him, Baba, don’t you love me again? I said why don’t you support our party? He told me that the person who was in control then was not competent to be governor in Oyo State and I understood.”

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