Former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has opened up some of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s unscrupulous clandestine.
Speaking on the intriguing controversy that led to the choice of Goodluck Jonathan as vice president, from his country home in Yenagoa, Alamieyeseigha, said it was part of Obasanjo’s grand plot to stop Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from succeeding him in 2007; The SUN reports authoritatively.
Alamieyeseigha said: “For Goodluck, I knew that Jonathan was going to be vice president of Nigeria as far back as August 25, 2005. Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, told me that since Atiku and I wanted to take his job, that it would be over his dead body; and that unless he died, Atiku cannot be president of Nigeria.
“Obasanjo said since Atiku had picked me as his running mate, he would make sure that he dealt with and disgraced us. He said he was going to use my deputy to rubbish me before everybody. So, I knew.”
Commenting on why he picked Jonathan as his deputy, Alamieyeseigha said he needed one who is already established and the other who’s not too ambitious.
“I needed somebody that, if I travelled outside the State, I could sleep well. It was a combination of these factors that made me to choose Jonathan as my deputy then.
“I set out an objective criteria on the qualities I needed and when the late chief judge of Bayelsa State recommended him (I did not know him before), I entered my car and drove to his residence. I asked him to resign and come and be my running mate. I was already a candidate. He was then in OMPADEC quarters,” Alamieyeseigha said.