FLASHBACK: In 2007, Gani Fawehinmi Described Obasanjo-Atiku Administration as “Wayo”

FLASHBACK: In 2007, Gani Fawehinmi Described Obasanjo-Atiku Administration as “Wayo”

  • Former Vice President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, held a 'world press conference recently
  • At the briefing, he said Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), the late Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, can now rest in peace as the fight that he started over 23 years ago has finally come to fruition
  • However, a report revealed Fawehinmi, who died of lung cancer in 2009, once called out Atiku

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FCT, Abuja - Last week, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2023 election, paid tribute to Gani Fawehinmi.

He said the late legal luminary inspired him to go after President Bola Tinubu’s certificates.

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Gani Fawehinmi appeared not to be a fan of Atiku. Photo credits: Asiwaju Yisah Oládùnńí Yso, Atiku Abubakar Hausa
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'Atiku messed up': Fawehinmi

He had argued that there were discrepancies in the certificate Tinubu obtained from the Chicago State University (CSU) and submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which should have rendered him ineligible to contest the 2023 presidential election.

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But Sahara Reporters on Sunday, October 8, spotlighted a 2007 interview when Fawehinmi berated the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo/Atiku (1999 – 2007).

In the said interview, Fawehinmi described Obasanjo and Atiku’s eight-year tenure as "self-centred disposition, 'wayo', deception, anti-masses programmes, dictatorship, and economic pain”.

Fawehinmi said at the time:

“I am appalled, because if not for the feud between him and Atiku we may never have known that Atiku was messing up with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).
“Obasanjo cannot say that he did not know that Atiku was stealing the PTDF, established in 1973, meant for the welfare of our country by training our brilliant students in the universities with the fund.

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"This fund was used, not only to pay lawyers but to establish just one company alone. Now, Atiku dipped his hand into it, (businessman Oyewole) Fasawe dipped his hand into it and Mr. President dipped his hand into it for personal reasons."

Legit.ng cannot immediately verify where Fawehinmi spoke.

Atiku's new 'evidence' against Tinubu

Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku filed fresh 'evidence' of forgery against Tinubu.

The new 'evidence' emanated from Chicago, the United States of America.

CSU saga: APC chieftain slams Atiku

In another report by Legit.ng, Ibrahim Muritala, the general secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Germany chapter, described Atiku’s US expedition as “an unnecessary attempt to divert attention from other pressing national issues”.

There is an ongoing legal battle between Atiku and Tinubu as the PDP candidate hunts for the president’s educational records in the US.

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