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Bola Tinubu Obasanjo changed my life, APC leader says

Tinubu made the statement on Thursday, March 5, during Obasanjo’s 78th birthday lecture in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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APC leader, Bola Tinubu

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has said that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo changed his life for the better.

Tinubu made the statement on Thursday, March 5, during Obasanjo’s 78th birthday lecture in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“I’m honoured to be here and many of you will see this as a rare occasion but this is an opportunity to pay tribute to a nationalist, a teacher, a disciplinarian and a tutor in dignity and boldness,” the APC leader said when called upon by Obasanjo to speak.

Tinubu also elaborated on previous disagreements between himself and the former President.

“What is common is common interest. Once upon a time, some nine years ago, I went to the (Aso Rock) Villa, the President, Olusegun Obasanjo, asked me to walk out and was just abusing me in the papers and I said, “Baba, you are a tenant here. This house belongs to Nigeria. If I get to Ota, you can send me out,” Tinubu said.

The APC leader however admitted that despite the problems between them, Obasanjo was still worthy of honour.

“If I could tell you several events that occurred between the two of us in the interest of the nation, I would write an epistle but today is not for that. But how do you celebrate truly and honour a man who has kept you on your toes? Between Baba Olusegun Obasanjo and myself, what I can say is gratitude from me because you kept me on my toes,” he said.

Tinubu also commended Obasanjo for leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“It wasn’t about anything else, it was about the love of our country, patriotism, putting the country first before self,” he said. “There’s nothing Obasanjo would have wanted in terms of material wealth, oil well, oil lifting – whatever from (President Goodluck Jonathan) that he wouldn’t have gotten or what from PDP that he wouldn’t have gotten as a retention service,” Tinubu said.

“He put all of that aside, believed in the unity, cohesion, and progress of this country in order to free himself from that bondage of commitment to partisan politics that is probably drifting in the middle of the storm of a political change. He would rather be afloat and chart a new course,” he added.

Obasanjo announced his departure from the PDP by ripping apart his membership card.

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