Senator Gbenga Obadara, a close supporter of former Governor Olusegun Osoba of Ogun State, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders did not desert him in London following his knee replacement operation.
In an exclusive interview, Obadara, who represented Ogun Central Senatorial District from 2011 to 2015, said, “Nobody abandoned Chief Osoba.”
Many politicians, according to the former Senator, have traveled to the United Kingdom to see the former governor following his operation.
But, unlike when his colleague, Chief Bola Tinubu, was visited by politicians in London, Obadara claimed Osoba did not want the trips to be publicized.
“Nobody abandoned Chief Osoba, Akinrogun is an enigma that cannot be abandoned. He is a father to many. He is not a loud man, he’s not a man that encourages publicity about himself, though he’s a father in the industry. Chief Osoba is an enigma, as we all know he’s a national man. To say that he was abandoned is not a correct statement and we take exception to that, because I can tell you how many people that have gone to Chief Osoba. But, it is not when they take photographs and start posting on social media that we start celebrating that.
“Our governor was with him in London, and I know Senators have been there, and I know how many members of the House of Representatives have been there, and I know for sure that almost every other day, people talk to Chief Osoba.
“So, Osoba is not somebody that you just go there and start posting. That is not his character. I can tell you that he’s recuperating very well, he’s in high spirit and that he has been abandoned is not a correct statement. I tell you, Chief Osoba is in high spirit and if you look at the COVID-19 variant that is still ravaging, one has to be extremely careful. This is an 83-year-old man. Having to turn the place to Mecca does not make any sense. He has done well as a two-term governor and he is the father of all in the State. I can tell you many people have been to him, calling him daily,” Sen. Obadara said.
“For a knee surgery, for proper recuperation and looking at his age, we are looking at about two to three months. It’s only in our clime here that we see knee surgery as a life-threatening procedure. It is a thing that can happen by the time one begins to age,” he added.
However, Obadara refused to tell our correspondent whether or not he has visited the elder statesman in London, as he also declined comments on who and who have been to the foreign country to show solidarity with him.
“I would not like to start mentioning names of those who have gone to see him and those who have not. But I am in contact with Chief Osoba. If I tell you whether I have gone or not, it means I will have to tell you those who have gone. I don’t need to start reeling out names because Chief Osoba would not want that. He’s a private man.
“Those insinuating that he has been abandoned should just leave the man to rest. They should allow the man to recuperate well and leave the man in the hands of God, which we know he’s really enjoying his rest in England. This is a man that goes to London one month, two months, even without having surgery done. So, I can tell you nobody abandoned Chief Osoba and he does not feel like that,” Obadara submitted.
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