The battle for the political control of Ogun State reverberated on Tuesday at the ongoing national conference in Abuja when a delegate representing the South West, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, surprised members of the Confab Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government by declaring that his kinsman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not win the 1999 Presidential election.
According to him, Obasanjo’s emergence as President was planned and executed by the powers-that-be at the time to assuage tempers generated by the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential election which was said to have been won by late businessman and philanthropist, Chief MKO Abiola.
Okunrounmu’s comments came on the heels of a heated debate amongst the members of the committee on rotational presidency and other key positions in the country.
He said, “Obasanjo did not win election, he was anointed by the powers-that-be to pacify the South West over the annulment of June 12 elections. What I said, I have said it to his hearing.”
Okunrounmu however said he welcomed rotational principle, saying that the system would give every zone the opportunity to produce president.
He therefore suggested that the new principle if adopted should be embedded in the Electoral Act and in the constitutions of various political parties, stressing that it would protect the interest of the Nigerians at different zones.
Another member of the committee representing the Federal Government, Senator Nimi Amange, corroborated the statement insisting that Obasanjo was not the best presidential candidate in 1999.
He also faulted the inclusion of rotational presidency in the constitution.