- Olusegun Osoba, the former governor of Ogun state revealed he was rigged out of office during the 2003 governorship election
- Osoba made this known on Wednesday, January 19, in Abeokuta, Ogun state, while speaking at 60th birthday of his former chief pess secretary
- The veteran journalist recounted when he received an intelligence report about the rigging and was advised to back out of the election
Daily Trust reports that Osoba speaking at the book launch and 60th birthday of his former Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Kayode Odunaro, on Wednesday, January 19, in Abeokuta, Ogun state, revealed how he was “rigged out of office” during the guber poll.
According to Osoba, he had received an intelligence report about the rigging and was advised to back out of the poll, Sahara Reporters added.
However, he insisted on going ahead in the poll which he contested on the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).
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Osoba who lost to Otunba Gbenga Daniel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said he knew he would lose following last-minute reports from security agents.
The veteran journalist also said despite the last revelations and evidence at his disposal he refused to challenge the outcome of the election at the tribunal, adding that he had put the experience behind him.
“Some of the security people had given me the figure of the result that they were going to announce and I knew, he was referring to me spending money and some people taking my money to sleep in hotels, pocketed the money, I knew because in politics you must learn to engage in wasteful spending and you must learn to buy all kinds of lies, that is all part of politics.
“We shared N140million on the eve of the election and I knew it was a wasted money, but I shared it because if didn’t share it, they will say if I had not given them the money, they would have won.”
Like Tinubu, Osoba undergoes surgery in UK
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Osoba, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, underwent a knee operation in the UK. Osoba confirmed this on Friday, October 1.
The aged leader thanked God for the success of the operation and expressed his gratitude to Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Abiodun, in a statement by Kunle Somorin, his chief press secretary, noted that the octogenarian was recuperating fast.
Friends for life: Tinubu visits ex-governor Osoba in Ikoyi after knee surgery
The visit from Tinubu came weeks after Osoba returned from the United Kingdom UK) following a successful knee surgery.
The former Lagos governor's visit on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, was to wish Osoba well on his return.