- The build-up to the 2023 polls has been filled with a lot of intrigues, suspense, and razzmatazz
- Just on Wednesday, August 17, we saw the coming together of two rivals, Olusegun Obasanjo and Bola Tinubu
- In the light of all these, Obasanjo broke the ice by making a hilarious joke about Tinubu's popular phrase ‘émilokan’
While speaking at the function, the ex-president said the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu has created new ‘vocabularies’ into the Yoruba political dictionary.
Legit.ng gathered that Obasanjo jokingly made reference to the phrase when the APC stalwart visited the former president in his villa in Ogun state.
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The antecedent of the popular Tinubu's phrase
Recall that Tinubu in his last visit to Abeokuta, Ogun state prior to the presidential primaries of the APC, uttered some Yoruba words that have been subjects of debates since then.
Tinubu in his words said, ‘emi lokan’, ‘eleyi’, and ‘olule’ meaning ‘it’s my turn, ‘this one and ‘beaten down’.
These words were used by the former Lagos governor while speaking with an emotional outburst at the gathering of APC stalwarts which had Governor Dapo Abiodun in attendance.
APC National Leader used ‘emi lokan’ to say it was his turn to become the nation’s president to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
While speaking about how he had contributed to the political ambitions of some politicians, he called Abiodun ‘eleyi’ saying I made ‘this one’ to become governor too.
What Obasanjo said about Tinubu's presidential ambition during Abeokuta meeting, Gbajabiamila reveals
Tinubu also said that Buhari contested three times for presidential election but ‘olule’ (he was beaten down) and at the point of making no attempt, he (Tinubu) was the one that approached him when he (Buhari) was crying on national television.
Recall that Tinubu visited the former President in his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun state on Wednesday, August 17.
In a video clip, Obasanjo who spoke in Yoruba, said “Yesterday, when I received a guest. I said dear guest, you have introduced some vocabularies into the Yoruba political dictionary – Emi lokan (it’s my turn), eleyi (this one), olule (he was beaten down).
“He laughed. I said I didn’t know whether these new vocabularies are good or bad, but they are new but we’ll be using them.”
Obasanjo, Tinubu's meeting, Gbajabiamila reveal details
Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said Tinubu's meeting with ex-President Obasanjo was fruitful.
The federal lawmaker added that Obasanjo made encouraging statements about Tinubu’s presidential bid and even prayed for him.
Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, Gbajabiamila and some APC bigwigs had on Wednesday, August 17, paid a visit to Obasanjo in Abeokuta.
Tinubu thanks Obasanjo after visiting ex-president in Abeokuta
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Tinubu expressed gratitude to former President Obasanjo after visiting him in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The APC presidential flag bearer also thanked the governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun, and the state's people for hosting him.
Tinubu expressed his appreciation in a post on his verified Facebook page on Wednesday, August 17.