Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has disclosed that contrary to allegations by Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo begged him to go softly on the governor in the period when the commission laid siege on him.
Ribadu disclosed this last Friday night in Lagos when former associates of the former President converged to celebrate him on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
The associates who converged as “Learners of the Olusegun Obasanjo School of Nigerian Politics” included former office holders in the Obasanjo administration and some of the country’s leading names in the economy and Nollywood.
The former anti-graft chairman also swore that Obasanjo was not privy to the arrest of Globalcom chairman, Chief Mike Adenuga.
Speaking at the occasion, Obasanjo said Ribadu probed him shortly after he was appointed.
He said the EFCC unearthed a foreign account long used by his late wife, Stella Obasanjo.
Obasanjo said the account which was opened by the late Stella in her maiden name before they got married was the nearest to what the former EFCC chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu could find against him.
Obasanjo also disclosed how he gave former Police boss Tafa Balogun a 30-minute ultimatum to resign or be dismissed.
Among those present were Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olangusoye Oyinola, former governor of Osun State, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, Dr. (Mrs.) Dere Awosika, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, Mallam Ahmed Yayale, Mallam Uba Sani, Dr. Doyin Okupe. Also present were Mr. Tonye Cole, Mr. Aigboje Aik-Imoukhuede, AIG Ogunsakin, Senator Kola Bajumo, Mallam Yayale Ahmed among others.