Obasanjo Reveals Why He Backed Yar’Adua Despite Health Issues In 2007

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed he supported the late President Musa Yar’Adua to emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007 despite knowing he was ill.
Recall that Umaru Yar’Adua, a former Katsina governor, later won the 2007 presidential election but died in office in May 2010.

Speaking on Sunday in a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola, Obasanjo said he got medical advice that Yar’Adua was fit to act as President despite having a kidney transplant.

“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,” Obasanjo said.

“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’.

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“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.”

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