A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, is yet to forget how former President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly manipulated him and his colleagues.

He has accused the former president of laying the foundation for bad leadership in the country.

Osoba, who alleged that the ex-President manipulated the governors elected on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy in 1999 out of the Council of State, said that alleged manipulation by Obasanjo “was the beginning of the downward trend of leadership in this country.”

The journalist-turned-politician said the crop of state governors elected in 1999 through the open ballot system were still the best.

He noted that he and the others never had any cause to be probed for corruption by anti-graft agencies.

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Osoba spoke on Monday in Lagos at the 70th Birthday Colloquium of one of the co-founders of Newswatch Magazine, Ray Ekpu, a contemporary of the late Dele Giwa.

The colloquium, with the theme, “Nigeria: The leadership question,” held at Muson Centre, Lagos Island and was chaired by a former Minister of External Affairs, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi.

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