OBASANJO is quite personable- much of the time-and…like most rulers, he desperately wanted to be accepted as a political and economic strategist, and thinker…our hero represented a model of power of an unusual-and dangerous- kind, most especially as he remains basically insecure, and thus pathologically in need of proving himself-preferably at the expense of others.
That is one unambiguous assessment that is pronounced by nearly all Obasanjo’s acquaintances-superiors, close friends, military colleagues, mistresses and adversaries…Detecting a productive, even sometime imaginative glint in the compost of the soldier-turned-politician is not difficult-Obasanjo is a man of restless…a bullish personality, calculating and devious, yet capable of disarming spontaneity, affecting an exaggerated country yokel act to cover up the interior actuality of the same, occasionally self-deprecatory yet intolerant of criticism, this general remains a study in the outer limits of compulsive rivalry, even where the fields of competence or striving are miles apart” – Wole Soyinka in “You Must Set Forth At Dawn” (2006 & 2009)
GENERAL Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent surprise resignation as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ruling PDP was received with a lot of surprise around the country, both within and outside the party.
The old soldier had been very busy in the lead to the party’s recent convention, winning positions of leadership for cronies and in recent days, attempting to charm the Ibadan politician, Rashid Ladoja back into the party. Yes, the same Ladoja, who as governor, he conspired to ridicule out of power and party a few years back.
Obasanjo seemed to have strengthened his position, with the manner he cornered party secretary, Southwest national vice chairmanship and woman leader for loyal sidekicks, and at a point when it seemed his protégé, President Jonathan, had also nicked the baton for 2015. To then suddenly resign, giving the explanations of needing time for his controversial presidential library as well as the international call of duty, were certainly unconvincing.