The Former Of the Republic of Nigeria,President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have lost his cool with the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, over several abuses directed at him by the Ekiti State Governor. It would be recalled that Governor Fayose, lambasted Obasanjo last week in Ilei-Ife Osun State for what he called Obasanjo’s unnecessary outbursts on President Goodluck Jonathan.
Also, Fayose also described the visitation of Five PDP Governors to the former president as “unnecessary and uncalled for”. He subsequently demanded for the suspension of the former president, alleging that “Obasanjo is already acting as a god father for All Progressive Congress.”
Fayose believed that; Because Obasanjo’s candidat wasn’t given the desired ticket in PDP, that is why he is not ready to work with the party. But Obasanjo has asked Fayose to stop his verbal attacks on him and seek God’s forgiveness for abusing him barely two years after he begged him in a letter over previous insults. Obasanjo, through one of his associates, disclosed that Fayose wrote him a letter, pleading him two years ago to facilitate his (Fayose) return to PDP. The Obasanjo’s associate asked Nigerians not to take Fayose serious as he would soon write another letter of apology to the former president.
Fayose’s letter, dated 26th June, 2012, showed the governor begging Obasanjo for forgiveness, for what he called his actions that had caused embarrassment to the former president. Among the content of the letter was that; he (Fayose) asked the former president to help him facilitate his return to the PDP.
Obasanjo, in his reply to Fayose’s letter, dated July 18,2012, accepted to forgive the Ekiti State governor but told him that the aspect of facilitating his return to the party needed to be handled at the local, state and the national levels of the party.
Below is the unedited content of the letter Fayose wrote to Obasanjo and the former president’s reply to Fayose’s letter.
Fayose’s Letter: “Dear Baba,
“There is no denying the fact that my relationship with you has gone sour as a result of my action and inaction which have definitely caused you embarrassment in public and this has marred our very good father-son relationship in the past. “I take responsibility for my over reaction and disrespect to your person which is most regretted, I am indeed sorry. “I pray that God will give you the grace to let go of the past knowing fully well that I am human and therefore not infallible especially considering the circumstances surrounding my removal from office. “To further buttress my willingness to seek peace with you, I could recall that I had made several efforts to this effect by consulting your close allies in the persons of Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), Chief Omilani and Pastor Oyedepo amongst others. “Lastly, kindly disregard all insinuations or political blackmailing suggestive of my doing or saying anything contradicting my present disposition as contained in this letter. “My reconciliation with your goodself may not go down well with some of my political opponents, but you remain the father of all. “My wife sends her love and greetings. With high regards.
Signed Ayo Fayose.
Obasanjo’s reply dated July 18, 2012
“I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated June 26, 2012 pleading with me to forgive you, as you put it, for your action and inaction which have caused me embarrassment in the public. “As for the embarrassment and personal insult to me, forgiveness is divine and I will not withhold forgiveness since I believe that God will not withhold forgiveness for my inadequacies. “However, for me, the personal aspect can be handled by me but the party aspect has to be handled at the local, state and national levels of the Party. “I wish you all the best and God’s blessing.”