An elder statesman and chieftain of Pro-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has narrated scenarios that led to the sudden collapse of defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), accusing former President Olusegun Obasanjo of complicit.
Adebanjo, who is a proponent of restructuring, made the assertion in his autobiography titled ‘Telling it as it is’, saying the fate of AD was decided when Obasanjo recruited a prominent leader of the party, Bola Ige, into his government.
The book was launched in Lagos on Tuesday.
“As far as I am concerned, the moment Bola Ige joined Obasanjo’s government, following his (Bola Ige) loss of AD’s presidential primaries where he polled six votes against Chief Olu Falae’s 17, marked the beginning of the end for the party,” he asserted.
“In my opinion, these are the scenarios which led to the collapse of the AD.”
When democracy was restored in 1999, AD became a political party that people of the Southwest queued behind but it lost steam when in 2003, all Governors on the platform except Bola Tinubu of Lagos state secured re-election to office.
Dismissing Obasanjo 8-years rule as President as a “tragedy”, Adebanjo rated the former president poor during his (Obasanjo) term in office between 1999-2007.
“The man who carried on as if he was all-in-all failed woefully on all counts as President. His eight-year tenure (1999-2007) was a tragedy, His scorecard is nothing to write home about,” his account in the book detailed.
Aside that, he accused Obasanjo of not have the interest of Yoruba race, detailing an instance where he (Obasanjo) allegedly humiliated late Yoruba icon, Obafemi Awolowo when he visited him upon his assumption of the role of military head of state in 1976.
“There are many incidents to show that Obasanjo was anti-Yoruba. He has no interest in, or sympathy for the Yoruba cause, he only has his own interest for everything he does. That is my conclusion, and I have copious evidence to prove it,” he wrote.