Ex-Vice National Chairman, PDP SouthWest, Olabode George has said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was behind his travails and incarceration while he headed the National Ports Authority.
“Tinubu and others were responsible for my travails during the Nigeria Ports Authority crisis when I was sent to prison for doing nothing. I can only wish Obanikoro the best of luck,” George said.
In a recent interview, the former military governor of Ondo State denies being a sworn enemy to Tinubu as it is widely spread.
He said: “Bola (Tinubu) and I are not sworn enemies. Bola and I met during the burial of Alao Arisekola in Ibadan. That was the first time I saw him physically after I left the military. I was seated in the front row at the stadium. As I was going out, I saw him but refused to greet him. Then Governor Abiola Ajimobi jumped up and said, “Egbon, you did not greet Bola Tinubu? I said, ‘why would I greet him? Did you know what he did against me where he got the court to convict me for an offence I never committed?”
Continuing, he said: “But Oba Otudeko advised that we should use Arisekola’s death to settle the disagreement. I asked Ajimobi to go and call Bola (Tinubu). He (Tinubu) came to where I was and we shook hands. He said, “Egbon, e mabinu (Don’t be offended).” I am not God. So, since then, we settled our disagreement. The prison experience was a period of learning for me.”
George also pointed out that though he has forgiven Tinubu, he needs to tell the younger ones about what caused their rift.
“The fact that we resolved it does not mean I cannot refer to it for the younger generations to learn, in order to avoid such pitfalls in the future. The only person you can trust absolutely is God Almighty,” he said.
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