How Obasanjo Tried Stealing My Mandate For His Daughter-Lola Abiola-Edewor

Lola Abiola-Edewor
By SaharaReporters, New York

SaharaReporters interviews the daughter of Chief M.K.O Abiola the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election whose election was annulled by former military dictator Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. Lola Abiola- Edewor contested against Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello the daughter of former president Olusegun Obasanjo for the Ogun Central Senatorial District last week and trounced her. However, Obasanjo went ahead and held a parallel party congress at his library where he chose his daughter as the senatorial candidate. The PDP leadership has reportedly annulled Abiola's mandate, but Mrs. Abiola -Edewor told SaharaReporters today she won't back down.

SR:  Why is OBJ trying to steal your election?

Lola Abiola: OBJ wants to give the ticket to his daughter even though she did not win the primaries. I won by 567 votes, Hon. Kayode Amusan polled 483 votes, Chief Derin Adebiyi, 361 votes, Mrs. Soremekun, 152 votes, Sola Rahman 15, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Hon. Saburi Aroyehun polled 3 votes each. When forms were made available Iyabo collected them. When candidates were told to submit themselves for screening, she did so. At the last minute, she read the writing on the wall and did not attend the Congress held by a body whose authority she had previously recognised. She stayed away while the other candidates spent the day working hard on the field. Obasanjo would have the Party award the ticket to the one candidate who did not attend the elections - his daughter. I don't have a godfather to sign away the hard work of others. I campaigned long and hard, across 6 Local Governments. President Goodluck Jonathan is demanding free and fair elections in 2011. This begins with credible party primaries. The actions of the Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees undermines this. I will fight to defend my mandate.

SR: You've raised an alarm saying that you won't accept the Obasanjos to annul your election again, is this a confirmation that the former President was deeply involved in truncating the June 12 mandate of your late father?

Lola Abiola: OBJ was the biggest beneficiary of the June 12th annulment. Should he continue to push for his daughter to be given the Senatorial ticket for Ogun Central, it would mean that he wants to continue to benefit from other people's hard work. I cannot stand by and allow that injustice to be perpetuated.

SR: As the daughter of MKO Abiola who died a Progressive-minded politician what are you doing in the PDP?

Lola Abiola: I felt and still feel that I would be most able to deliver the best service to the people of Ogun Central Senatorial District from the pan-Nigeria Party, PDP. My presence there adds to the progressive faction within the Party that has the most reach in Nigeria.

SR: During your last outing at the House of Representatives , you maintained a low profile, not much was seen from you as a vibrant lawmaker expected of someone whose father fought the entire Nigerian military to a standstill. Why should people expect any different from you if you make it to the Senate?

Lola Abiola: When I was in the House of Representatives, I believed that my work should speak for itself. I did not believe in going to the media to broadcast my efforts.  I used to laugh at colleagues who called Press conferences for sinking one bore hole whereas I was writing Committee reports late into the night at home with no audience. From the start of my political career to date, I have never had a godfather. The fact that I have never lost an election, to the House of Representative, my re-election in 2003 and the Ogun Central primaries is a testament to the people I serve and their faith in my sincerity. For me, the point was and remains service and credibility, not making noise everywhere. I'm not judging others. Some people need to make a name for themselves. I have a name. What I  want is to have a positive impact in the lives of my constituents.

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Duh!!!! An Egba woman

Duh!!!! An Egba woman marrying a Urhobo man is like survival of the fittest. The best woman won woop woop!!!

ROBBERY OF MANDATE

IS IT SUPPRISING FOR OBASANJO TO ROB YOU OF YOUR MANDATE AND GIVE IT TO HIS DAUGHTER IYABO? HE HAS ALL ALONG BEEN ROBBING PETER AND PAYING PAUL. AND REMEMBER HIS POLITICAL SLOGAN OF POLITICS AS A DO OR DIE AFFAIR. HE CAN GO MORE THAN THAT EXTENT TO DO THAT. AND REMEMBER HE IS ABOVE THE NIGERIAN LAW. PERIOD.

Politricks

Politics is now a phenomenon of CIRCULATION OF ELITE where only d ELITE goes nd cme back to power or replace there child

Shame on u

What you did in the house of rep. does not worth the glory you desire. You do not have to call a press conference as you said but your good works should announce you. You're either in the wrong party or you yourself are the greedy and corrupt type. You need to take your stand and make us proud & stop trying to draw our sympathy while you looth the treasury.

POLITICAL DEBATE

How come Nigerian politicians don't debate to express & expose their arrogance, ignorance & temperament for the whole world to see? U would realize that a little truth from the discussion throws them off & they get loose & even bang phones, work way & shout. Nigerians, pls look for a good leader with great temperament, great deal of reasoning & understanding of people's feelings & emotions. Vote wisely pls.

Re:Personality count much more than party!

I love ur comment,they are true talks,but iyabo probably lost bcos of what Baba Iyabo did to M.K.O.'s Family during P.D.P.Primaries,who knows?may B same hunted Bankole bcos God is God,very jealouse&cant share his glory with any Man! As Obj is gods fathering,he got a shock of his life&it shld serve as a lesson to others.

Losers

Don't worry Lola, Iyabo lost. You would have lost too because we are tired of looters, greedy ones, riggers, that can't make and sign progressive laws and pass proper bills for the welfare of their citizens. The time of change is here. Let Dimeji sulk too. enough is enough. The ACN guys coming in should beware, we are watching, even more strictly.

lola

Light and darkness cannot stay together,if you do not speak
Their language , you better find other birds of your plummage
They take delight in deceit,lies and corruption
Trace your route back home

OBJ

OBJ should let Nigeria be
http://www.loversguilde.blogspot.com

LOLA

WERE YOU EVER IN THE SAME NIGERIA HOUSE OF REPS ? I CANT BELIEVE IT. WORK HARDER TO BE ABLE TO FACE SEVERAL IYABOS IN FUTURE. IYABO, WHO IN SPITE OF LOTS OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HER, SHE IS VERY ACTIVE AND OUTSPOKEN.

INJUSTICE

My good people let us protest this injustice and abnormalities in Ogun state as it is going to have a telling effect in the whole electoral process. Obasanjo and Gbenga Daniel factions conducted primaries and General Olurin was selected and upheld. Gbenga Daniel conducted its primaries where Bankole was selected and upheld. Two different primaries and distinct results. What sort of country are we in. If they say OBANSANJO faction is the authentic faction, why accept Bankole who subjected himself to Gbenga Daniel faction of the primary. And our own president Goodluck is watching these seemingly absurdity and wantonness. I just hope that it is part of the breathe of fresh air

Mrs. Edewor, what are you doing in PDP?

Mrs. Edewor, what are you doing in PDP? I'm sure your father would shift in his grave. I recall you contested using AD ticket in 1999.

Jungle politics

If this come to pass and Obj succeeds, then we still have a long way to go.

Abiola-Edewor and Obasonjos daughter

Cant you just let these useless daughters of uber rich thieves
screw each other? Screw them except for the fact that one of them will be a senator for another lying,thieving Party.
There is no hope for Nigeria.

Dear Lola Abiola-Edewor, I

Dear Lola Abiola-Edewor, I wonder if this is your comeuppance - do you now know how it feels for you to be deprived of something that rightfully belongs to you. What did you do to Miranda (who was married to Richard, so many years ago)? You wrongfully took what rightly belonged to her, didn't you? Perhaps if you restitutes with Miranda, then what belongs to you too will return to you.

OBJ/LOLA

OBJ YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO NIGERIA POLITY.PLS I BEG YOU IN THE NAME OF GOD WHOM YOU CLAIM YOU KNOW,LEAVE LOLA ALONG.YOUR DAUGTER IS ALSO A DISGRACE TO THIS NATION.SHE IS NOTHING BUT A SQUARE-PEG - IN A RUN HOLE.
Thanks

what are your contributions in the House

Nigerian should stop putting sentiments into political issues,ask Lola Abiola what motion did she raised or seconded during her stay in the house,what is her standing on Gbenga Daniel closure of OOUTH for the past 13months and OOU for 7months.Both Obasanjo and Abiola are the same thing,Nigerians are less concerned about a thief robbing mega thievies

We should not be judged by

We should not be judged by what our fathers did, or did not do. We deserve a chance to prove ourselves individually of our family name. We need more women in our political arena, most men are vain fools and very greedy , especially when we get a little power. Lola deserves a chance to prove herself as an individual. I agree with someone's suggestion, publish your achievements in the last 8 years in the houese of reps, that will help.

Lady,You have no MandateYet!

Young lady, It is wrong for you to say that Obasanjo stole your mandate yet because if a genuie election is conducted today in Ogun state, both you and Obasanjo will loose because you joined the wrong party while Obasanjo is intimating the state and trying to bring the house down. You will however smile last if you know that running on this platform is not going to work for the party this time around. I love you and your family though. Keeping on smiling for us this is more than winning an election in a crooked way!

lola think about ur life

the so called PDP is a forbiden party in our country today , why can't u move to other opposition party that will boost ur image . If Ribadu can go to ACN then why can't u work with good nigerians is u know that u really want to serve ur people .
Be warned

none

Good luck and God Bless.

OBJ HAS FINALLY STOLEN IT!

RECENTLY LOLA WAS MAKING NOISE ON HOW OBJ WANTED TO STEAL HIS MANDATE. NOW THIS OLD AND FUNNY OBJ GUY HAS FINALLY DONE IT! WHERE DO LOLA NOW CRY TO IN THAT LAUGHABLE COUNTRY CALLED NIGERIA? GBENGA DANIEL IS SPOILING FOR A BIG LAST FIGHT AND I WONDER WHO THE REFEREE WOULD BE. I RECOMMEND THE SELFISH AND LOUSY FIGHT BETWEEN BOTH CAMPS SHOULD BE IN A STEEL CAGE PROVIDED BY THE WWE! WHOEVER GETS OUT ALIVE WILL REPRESENT THE SORRY AND BATTERED STATE CALLED OGUN. YOU ALL ARE REAL TIME CRIMINALS KILLING THE WELL BEING OF NIGERIA. GOD HELP YOU ALL.

greedy

But waitoo nigerians,she has been dre since 2003,wht is dre dt iyabo don't wnt 2 let go.a yr is enough 4 her 2 work 4 her people so if she said she is coming back 2 work it's a capital lie.she should let those who really knw wht democracy is n ve fear of God go n deliver dre own mandate n c 2 wht belong to dre constitue reach dem.

Gbogbo yin patapata ni olohun

Gbogbo yin patapata ni olohun oba mi ma mu Baba iyabo ni o, iyabo ni ati gbogbo eyin to ku teda 9ja, o niya yin lo ma je yin toju ti omo to omo le ma je loruko jesu (Amin) u all think everything is money or position (CAPITAL NO). let see how u people 'll end up ur life

you are a damn fool, fagot;

you are a damn fool, fagot; you're the poorest of the poor, I would rather be a farmer in Nigeria than be a train track sweeper like you in UK.Assh...

OBJ should be called Scandals.

The problem u people of OGUN are all facing is OBJ. Its high time we stop calling him by that, we call him scandals coz eveything about him is not straight forward, He's a curny man. He has taking all Nigeria as toy. Immagine OBJ coliding with MTN to fraud us all. If u can remember vividly when recharging mtn *555*1*. That's not the issue here. Iyabo is following the full steps of her Father. Except OBJ don't exist that's when OGUN politics can av peace. Lola Abiola I wonder what u doing in that party, they don't av say again in south west. The lord is ur strenght wish u all the very best in all.

CHEAP PUBLICITY

Lola, like Aiyekotito rightly said, stop looking for cheap publicity, that your late father was overwhelmly voted for will not translate to the fact that, you too will be a good politician and if you want to fight a batle, create your own identity.
Leave OBJ alone and face Iyabo squarely and when OBJ gets to heaven or hell,he will face your dad where ever they met.
The Law court have ruled, that the executives that produced your likes have skeleton and the other faction should be recognised as at now, so is OBJ the judge or lawyer.
Sahara reporters started well initially but seems to be apolitical now so my dear, don't be fool in our land, create your own identity even Mohammed Abacha is winning in Kano now, so if really, you belongs to Ogun State and your people love you, they will follow you.
Leave OBJ alone ....

from a scandal to another

Why is Obj. name is so synonymous with scandals and rift in all sphere of Nigeria politics.
Baba Obj, i think you should really take it softly and trend gently to be a truly elder statesman that befit your status now. Who ever she married or the name of the husband does not concerns anybody and it`s not relevant to the issue being discussed.
It`s unfortunate that both their maiden names are really part of our problem but, we shouldn`t transfer the sin of their father to them.

Obasanjo and Abiola: when are we going to........

Ironically, these two families felt that they are fighting for the poor masses of their constituences...whom are they fooling? Murtala invaded the central bank, Benin during the civil war and claimed to have met one kobo in the strong hold of the bank. Where was Abiola then? Shortly after, Murtala came into power and handed over 8 buildings to the Fed govt. Came OBJ who completed d award of Telecoms to ITT. The total amt. for the contract was paid even b/4 d commencement of d contract..... calling from Obalende to Maryland then take up to 35mins b/4 and only if you can get through. Well, I can not blame both children of the greatest thiefs of our time b/c they've enjoyed Nigeria money while being raised and they've mastered the trick from their parents. PDP should scrape both young ladies, ask OBJ to go and sit aside. Other candidates should be screened. HABA !!! Are Nigerians destined to serve these families forever ???

Time to repent

Beloved Nigerians

Although Sir Obasanjo has his own problems being a man in flesh. Greed is the secret of misunderstanding between Obasanjos and Abiolas which Nigerians never know.

Late MKO Abiola was a friend to Gen Muritala Mohammed who awarded the contract to Abiola's ITT.Gen Mohammed died and OBj took over the hemp of the nation. He continued to support MKO even greater more than before where MKO made his Billions, but he denied OBJ a share of his gains from the business.

OBJ refused to open up until God of judgment judged MKO through Gen Sani Abacha that led OBJ to became the Head of State 1999.

Lola Abiola Edewor go back and make peace with OBJ for your family to be restored again to glory. finished.
Thanks.