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Obasanjo denies meeting Tinubu at Alake’s birthday celebration



Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo’s, 80th birthday reception on Thursday.

In a statement issued Saturday by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, ex-President Obasanjo highlighted a TikTok video erroneously alleging that Tinubu and Obasanjo met on Thursday.

“The former president condemned the fake post, which also lifted a banter conversation that took place between the two, when he played host to the former Lagos State governor last year before the country’s general elections this year,” the statement reads.

Obasanjo, according to Akinyemi, advises the creator of the “fake, disjointed, and sicken(ing) post” should search elsewhere for whatever they are looking for.

Akinyemi stated that the former President, who is now in South Africa for the burial of his friend and brother, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi holding today, said the architect of the fake disjointed and sicken post should rather look elsewhere for the work he/she is looking for and not through him.

“I have not seen Bola Tinubu since he visited me in my house in Abeokuta, when he was campaigning. Secondly, I was at the church and NOT the reception for Alake’s 80th birthday reception.”  the statement quoted the former president.

“To put the content of the video in proper perspective, it happened that during Tinubu’s visit to his house last year, he met the former President playing his favorite traditional game (ayo) and he started the banter, jokingly telling the former President that, he was shocked to see him playing the Ayo game at that time of the day.”

Spontaneously, as he was getting up from his chair to welcome him and other accompanying visitors, Obasanjo responded: “when I don’t have job. If you are ready to give me job, I am ready to do it.”

Shortly after, Tinubu was heard praying for longevity on Obasanjo’s life, as they both walked into the sitting room with others.

This is however contrary to the meaning the viral video is putting out as Obasanjo says, “I am not looking for work and I am not working with anyone as the fake news puts out. Those who are looking for people to work with Bola Tinubu should look outside Obasanjo,” the statement reads.