Veteran comedian, Ali Baba has recounted how former president, Olusegun Obasanjo ‘threatened’ him over money while he was still the serving President.
Probably reflecting on the sidelines of Obasanjo’s 80th birthday celebration over the weekend, the ace comedian disclosed that the ‘threats’ began in 2005 when OBJ discovered how much he was paid to perform at events.
On his Instagram [email protected], Ali Baba described OBJ as his number one agent, saying the former President would usually link him up with events and then ask for ‘his cut’ as well as threatened him if he did not budge. He wrote;
“My first contact with #PresidentObasanjo was in 2000.
“He took to me because he found my jokes funny. He however never hid his anger at how much I got paid for events.
“The truth was that when Baba was told I charged half a million, it was actually a million.
“Can you imagine if he knew how much it really was? I for go jail.
“All through 2000, he never knew how much I was paid until the National Honours when he found out how much I got every time I came to the Villa.
“So from then on, everyone told him I was performing for free. Well not until 2005, when he found out how much I got, he asked me to justify my fee and I did.
“Baba became my number one agent. Every State that wanted him to visit, he would say, make sure you call Ali Baba ooo. And he will get his aides to tell me ahead.
“On arrival at such events, Baba will ask for his cut and threaten me if I did not give him his share. I never did.”
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Meanwhile, Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has demanded the immediate return of his N10 million donation to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s library project with interest.
Describing the library project as one of the greatest fraud ever, Fayose said the 30 governors under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were compelled to donate N10 million each in 2005 to the multi-billion naira project.
“We were compelled to make the donation as PDP governors in 2005 and now I need the return of my money with interest,” he said.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, at the opening of the PDP Southwest stakeholders’ meeting, Fayose advised the former President Obasanjo to stop seeing himself as a saint.
Fayose, who visibly expressed his anger against some leaders of the party for refusing to speak up against political persecution of some members of the party by the All Progressive Congress-led Federal government, said they should not be afraid to speak against tyranny and any form of oppression.
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Urging members to remain bold and undaunted in the face of perceived intimidation by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) , Fayose predicted that God will soon move against those that are oppressing the PDP members in the country by declaring their seats vacant.