Why Obasanjo Became President In 1999 Instead of Ogbonnaya Onu – Shehu Sani

Why Obasanjo Became President In 1999 Instead of Ogbonnaya Onu – Shehu Sani

by Victor Ndubuisi

Shehu Sani, a former federal senator has revealed that Ogbonnaya Onu, an APC chieftain was ousted from office as Nigeria’s president in 1999.

According to Anaedoonline.ng, Onu, a 2023 presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), passed away on Thursday.

Onu, the first civilian governor of Abia State, passed away on Thursday in Abuja.

In honouring the former minister, Sani, a former lawmaker who served as the representative for Kaduna Central Senatoral District in the 8th assembly, stated that Ogbonnaya had a chance to become Nigeria’s president in 1999 if he had prevailed in the APP primary in Kaduna, which was attended by notable figures such as the late Ikemba of Nnewi Chief Ojukwu.

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“He was deliberately displaced after a midnight merger with the then AD. The military wanted Obasanjo and Falae.

“The late Chief Onu is one of Nigeria’s most distinguished, decent and disciplined political figures in history.

“He has been an influential figure in Nigeria’s politics for over four decades. A Senator in the second republic,a Governor in the third republic and a presidential candidate, party chairman and minister in the fourth republic.

“He is a rare breed politician who lived as unstained, untainted and unblemished like his white apparel. He was a man who lived and served his country with decorum and impactful anonymity.

“He was a true patriot whose nationalist credentials can’t be faulted by any section of the country. Onu was an unnoticed and unappreciated gentleman and national leader. In words and in deeds, he lived above politics of rancour and controversy.

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The departing military intended authority to move to the West in 1999. Onu was a man of simplicity.


“His known residence in Asokoro remains the one rented for him by his party, the ANPP, when he was elected its chairman. He remained there throughout his tenure as minister.

May his soul rest in peace.”



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