Am veteran journalist, Mustapha Ogunsakin has
recounted how Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
rejected former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s
offer to become Attorney-General of the Federal in
Ogunsakinsaid Osinbajo rejected Obasanjo’s offer
and stayed loyal to Bola Tinubu, who was then
governor of Lagos State.
Osinbajo served eight years as Attorney-General and
Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State when
Tinubu was the governor between 1999 and 2007.
However, Ogunsakin said ObasanjoPresidency: How Osinbajo rejected Obasanjo’s offer, stayed with Tinubu Tinubu, Osinbajo, 2023 made the offer
following Osinbajo’s sterling qualities as then
The veteran journalist disclosed this while
addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
He was reacting to reactions trailing Osinbajo’s
Following his declaration, Osinbajo was accused of
betraying Tinubu who is also running for the
Dismissing this claim, Ogunsakin said: “In 2005,
President Obasanjo invited Osinbajo to take
appointment as the Attorney-General of the
Federation after Chief Akin Olujimi left office.
Obasanjo saw the sterling qualities and
performance that Osinbajo had as Attorney General
“The president without informing Bola Tinubu, the
then Lagos State Governor, offered the post to
Osinbajo who was then Lagos State Attorney-
General. The first thing Osinbajo did was to inform
his principal, Tinubu, who gave him a free hand to
take his decision.”
He disclosed that Osinbajo made a request to
Obasanjo to release Lagos State Council funds, but
the former president refused.
Upon his refusal, Osinbajo was said to have
rejected Obasanjo’s offer to become AGF.
“Obasanjo replied that Osinbajo should first take the
appointment and then advise him as Attorney-
General of the Federation on the matter. Osinbajo
went underground and for weeks Obasanjo could no
longer reach him.
“It was obvious to the then President that Osinbajo
deliberately avoided him; he went on to appoint
Chief Bayo Ojo as his Attorney-General of the
Federation and Minister of Justice.
“Osinbajo rejected the position of Attorney-General
of the Federation and Minister of Justice and stayed
with Tinubu; nobody complained then. He did not
betray Tinubu then.
“But now when it is convenient for them, some
political and religious bigots are shouting betrayal!
Everyone knows that if you want to hear the story of
how your father met your mother, join politics,” he