Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says former president Olusegun Obasanjo tried to transform Nigeria into a one-party state.

Speaking at the APC presidential campaign rally in Edo’s capital Benin on Thursday, Oshiomhole said that when APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu was governor of Lagos, he championed multi-party democracy in Nigeria.

Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo, said that history will never forget Tinubu and his fight for democracy in the country.

“Today, throughout Nigeria, if they are to understand why Obasanjo failed to transform Nigeria into a one-party state, they cannot forget our presidential candidate’s tenacious fight to maintain and uphold multi-party democracy in Nigeria,” he said.

“Unless we have the right policy, we can’t fix the economy.

“The world is unanimous that multi-party democracy is the way to go. I want young people to remember where we came from. Our young people need to know who laid the foundation for the crisis we face and the crisis our presidential candidate is going to solve.

“We are not sorry, but we must make them understand their past in order to appreciate the future.

“By 1999, President Obasanjo took over the ANPP. He appointed the president as his adviser and called on governors to act. In 2003, he manipulated all the governors of the Southwest. He removed Lam Adesina, Segun Osoba, all the governors of the southwest, and planted PDP in the southwest.

“Obasanjo tried to take Lagos and Tinubu stopped him. Tinubu showed him that he is the quarterback of politics while he (Obasanjo) is the general of the army. At the end of the day, Lagos survived. The rest of the southwest, Obasanjo rigged them.

“Asiwaju decided that she is not going to cry. He retained Lagos. The police commissioner was pushed aside; they moved away from the INEC… because Obasanjo wanted to make a policy of life or death. But Asiwaju said ‘you (Obasanjo) will do it; we will live’. Tinubu returned to claim the states of Oyo, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo.