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Ozekhome to Osinbajo: Fight cabal in presidency to retain relevance or quit honourably

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has given Vice President Yemi Osinbajo the option of fighting the cabal in the presidency in order to remain relevant in the government or quit the administration honourably with his reputation intact.

The lawyer was reacting to the reported sack of 35 aides of the vice president by the Presidency on Wednesday.

Ozekhome told Daily Independent in a chat that Osinbajo has the option of fighting the cabal in the Presidency like former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar who confronted former President Olusegun Obasanjo over a similar matter in 2007 or quit honourably.

Ozekhome also claimed that he once predicted the sack of Osinbajo’s aides.

He said: “I normally read situations and I say my own. Everything I have predicted in the last five years had always come to pass. I have made it clear and resounding now.

“Nigerians are aware Atiku fought his then boss both in the courts and at the political scene which saved him from being humiliated out of office.

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“Osinbajo has two options. The first option is to get ready to pull his punches and fight like a man that has manhood. He should fight squarely, head-on and brutally like a man with manhood.

“The second option is that he should honourably resign as vice president of Nigeria before they pour more ashes on his head and before they bespatter his white garment with more mud and more excrement.

“In these two options, there are no grey areas at all. They are just two options available.

“He should either put his hat in the ring to fight the cabal squarely.

“Atiku fought Obasanjo squarely to the knowledge of everybody in this country. He fought brutally whether in court or on the political scene. In every way, Atiku fought Obasanjo to a standstill and everybody was aware.

“So, Osinbajo should be ready to do what Atiku did by fighting with all he can but if he cannot, he should take the honourable way out by resigning quietly. Otherwise, he will be so rubbished and reduced in significance and importance that he will not even be accorded the status of being a glorified messenger.

“In a situation where the president can send Osinbajo to his home town to go and witness the turbaning of a small chief and documents are being sent to the president to sign Nigerian laws in London, it is a clear case that when the market is on fire, you do not tell the deaf and the blind. They will know when they feel the heat.”

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