Alamieyeseigha Reveals Obasanjo's Secret: Why Jonathan Was Made Yar'Adua's VP
The former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has spilled some of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's secret.
Revealing the intrigues that led to the choice of Goodluck Jonathan as vice president in his country home in Yenagoa, former governor of Bayelsa State, Alamieyeseigha, said it was part of Obasanjo’s grand plan to stop Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from succeeding him in 2007; THE SUN reports.
He 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''.
On why he picked Jonathan as his deputy, Alamieyeseigha said he needed an establishment person and somebody who was not too ambitious.