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The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has ruled out the possibility of a reconciliation with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Adam’s on Tuesday vowed he would not step into Obasanjo’s house for any reason.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, in reaction to Obasanjo’s recent statement that his (Adams) past way of life was contrary to his standards and principles, and that he would only reconcile with Adams in his (Obasanjo’s) Abeokuta residence, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, said he was yet to understand what Obasanjo meant by “his past way of life.”

The Next Edition recalls that Obasanjo had in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, said: “I have no quarrel with Gani Adams, but for his past way of life which was not in accord with my standards and principles. I have in the past, both in government and out of government, refused to grant Gani’s request to visit me.

“If at all anybody feels I have a quarrel with him or her that needs reconciliation, such reconciliation will, no doubt, take place in my residence in Abeokuta only.”

The comments had followed media reports last week that a reconciliatory meeting between Obasanjo and Adams held in the Lagos residence of a notable leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere,  Ayo Adebanjo.


Reacting at the press conference, Adams stated: “I don’t know what Baba Obasanjo meant by my way of life. I agree with him that we don’t have the same character because he’s not a progressive. Obasanjo will not like the character of any progressive Nigerian.

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“I have never at anytime requested to meet Obasanjo as he claimed. I initially didn’t want to attend the meeting when Chief Ayo Adebanjo told me. But I decided to honour the invitation because Chief Adebanjo is one the Yoruba elders I respect so much.

“He (Obasanjo) stated in his statement that whoever feels he needs a reconciliatory meeting with him should come to his residence in Abeokuta. I don’t have the need for any reconciliatory meeting with him. That one has been foreclosed. I cannot even go to his house.”

Recall that Adam’s, who is the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) was arrested in 2001 during Obasanjo government by the police for alleged violence in parts of the country linked to his group.