Turai Yar’Adua Visits Obasanjo, Solicits Help For Daughter Over EFCC Case

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Former First Lady, Turai Yar’Adua, on Saturday visited
former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state
capital, people familiar with the visit have told Premium Times.
Mrs. Yar’Adua, reportedly accompanied to the former
president’s residence by businessman Kenny Martins, met privately with Mr.
Obasanjo for more than an hour before departing in a convoy of three cars, our
sources said. It is the former First Lady’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo since
her husband died in office in 2010 after prolonged illness.

Those close to her said during the visit, she thanked the
former President for finding her late husband a worthy successor, and pleaded
with him to forgive her and her family for whatever wrong was done to him
(Obasanjo) during Mr. Yar’Adua’s tenure.
Mr. Obasanjo, who helped the late president to power in
2007, had grown critical of the former President’s immediate family and
associates who he accused of mounting a “cloak and dagger operation” to conceal
Mr. Yar’Adua’s health status and block his then deputy (Goodluck Jonathan),
from assuming power.
Our sources said Mrs. Yar’Adua also pleaded with Mr.
Obasanjo to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari not to harass or victimize
her family members or those who worked with her husband.
“She specifically intimated the former President of the
ongoing probe of one of her daughters, Zainab, by the EFCC. She believed it is
a witch-hunt, a ploy by the Buhari government to get at her family,” one of our
sources said.
An aide of Mr. Obasanjo confirmed the visit.
“It is true that she visited on Saturday,” the aide said. “I
don’t know exactly what she discussed with Baba (Obasanjo). But I think it is
safe to say she came to greet him and discuss issues relevant to the two
families.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on July 22
summoned Zainab, wife of former Kebbi State Governor, Saidu Dakingari, over
alleged N2billion fraud perpetrated during her husband’s tenure as governor of
the Northwest State.

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