Former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George who recently clocked 70 years has relived his prison experience in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.
In an interview, Bode George said he felt betrayed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his comments when he was released from prison.
“A man that I served loyally and I was totally committed to his cause betrayed me. That is former President Olusegun Obasanjo. You know what he had to say about me, he said I was celebrating criminality – this was when I realised that human beings can’t be trusted,” he said.
“I was shocked to my bone by Obasanjo’s comments. When Obasanjo came out of prison, where did he go to thank God? He went to church. Why must he say that I was celebrating criminality, is it because of the crowd in the church he saw? What Obasanjo did to me was an experience I can’t forget. It was a betrayal. I was very close to him. I was like his viceroy, for him to utter such a statement was very shocking and unbelievable to me. The relationship between us before was like that of father and son, but I doubt it, things can be the same again,” he said.
He further accused All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for conniving with the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chair, Farida Waziri to send him to jail. According to him, he was jailed using the criminal laws of Lagos State while he worked for a federal government agency.
“Bola Tinubu, who was then Lagos State governor and his then Attorney-General, Yemi Osinbajo, who is now the Vice-President, used the Lagos State Criminal Law which they revised and reworked to put me on trial. They gave the EFCC chairman, Farida Waziri a fiat to prosecute Bode George who was working for a federal agency and not Lagos State government.”
“I pray for Farida Waziri that during her lifetime that she would meet God before she dies. She and those judges at the lower court, I pray that they will purge themselves so that God can forgive them, he said.”