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Former President Obasanjo; I knew Yar’Adua was ill before 2007 Presidential elections but …..

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria, on Sunday, January 31, made some revelation about his successor, late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Obasanjo disclosed that he was aware Musa Yar’Adua was ill before selecting him as his successor in 2007.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that Obasanjo revealed this during a virtual interview with Academic and Historian, Toyin Falola.

He denied allegation he deliberately put up a weak candidates for selfish interests, adding that the late Yar’Adua’s medical record showed he was fit to act as President.


He said, “Let me tell you the story of Umaru Yar’adua. I knew he was ill and before I put him forward, I asked for his medical report which he sent to me and I sent it to one of the best doctors of our time and a good friend of mine who died only last year, Professor Akinkugbe.”

“I said look at it because it is confidential and he said to me that from this report, this man has had a kidney transplant and it is successful, he is no longer under dialysis.”

“And if you have a kidney transplant and it is successful, it is as good as if you didn’t have a kidney transplant at all. I accepted that and Umaru Yar’adua contested within the party and he contested within the country and came up.”

“In the process of the campaign, I remember that he had to go for a medical checkup abroad and he was not around for a campaign here in Abeokuta.”

“I called him because the rumour was that he had died. I called him on my telephone and put it on speaker. I said, Umaru, are you dead or alive?, and he said, I am not dead, I am alive.”

“Within a couple of days, he came back and reported that he was checked up and he was well. That was the position of Umaru Yar’adua and if anybody in his right sense will think that what I have done in that position was not right, I leave him in the hands of God.”

It could be recalled that the late Umar Yar’Adua won the 2007 Presidential elections on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he however, died in Office on May 2010.

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