Does it mean our votes in 1999 did not count or there has always been a cabal that choose Nigeria's leaders?

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed how former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, alongside others, made him civilian President in 1999.

Obasanjo said Abubakar dragged him out of the prisons and conspired with others to made him the President.

Abubakar had pardoned Obasanjo over a fathom military coup allegation by late General Sani Abacha and incarceration in prison for months.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Niger State Investment and Economic Summit in Minna on Monday, the former President said he was innocent of the allegations.

“I was going on with my life ‘jeje’ (easily) in the prison when General Abdulsalami Abubakar decided to get me out.

“He did not stop at that but also decided to grant me pardon and conspired with others to send me to the presidency,” he said.

At the summit were Acting President Yemi Osinbajo; Governors Sani Bello (Niger); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa); the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar; General M.I. Wushishi and Colonel Sani Bello.

Other dignitaries at the event were Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; and the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Jumai-Alhasan.

Speaking further, Obasanjo said the only thing that could lead the country out of recession is sufficient investment in agriculture.

“It will sustain us and give all the jobs and wealth creation that we need,” he said.