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How I spent millions on 2003 elections to prevent rigging, Osoba opens up

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Former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, on Wednesday revealed how he spent millions of naira to prevent the 2003 governorship election from being rigged.

Osoba disclosed this while speaking at the book launch and the 60th birthday of his former Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Kayode Odunaro, in Abeokuta.

According to the former Governor, “in politics you must learn to engage in wasteful spending and you must learn to buy all kinds of lies.”

He said, “The 2003 election, I have put it behind me many years ago. 2003 is bygone. Nobody expected that the election would go the way it went, but I knew it would go the way it went because the figures had already been prepared.

“I knew that the election was concluded, I was warned, the electoral officer from Cross River had told me after the Presidential election that, ‘Chief don’t contest the governorship, it is concluded’, but I said no.

“We shared N140million on the eve of the election and I knew it was a wasted money, but I shared it because if I didn’t share it, they would say if I had not given them the money, they would have won.” Culled: Independent.

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