Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied claims that he met President Bola Tinubu in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Newssphere reports that a viral video surfaced on social media wherein it was alleged that Obasanjo and Tinubu met each other on the 80th birthday of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and promised to work for him if he offered him a job.
Reacting to the viral video on Saturday, Obasanjo described the video as fake, disjointed and sickening.
In a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo condemned the video, saying the banter conversation took place between him and Tinubu when he played host to the former Lagos State governor in 2022 before the country’s 2023 general elections.
The statement quoted Obasanjo as saying, “One, 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 explained further that “during Tinubu’s visit to his house last year, he met the former President playing his favourite 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 a job. I will do it if you are ready to give me a job.”
Akinyemi said this was contrary to the viral video’s meaning.
Akinyemi quoted Obasanjo as saying, “I am not looking for work, and I am not working with anyone as the fake news puts out. Those looking for people to work with Bola Tinubu should look outside Obasanjo.”