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A former Minister of Works and Housing, Adeseye Ogunlewe, has said that many leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos wine and dine with former Lagos State governor secretly and campaigned against him publicly .
Ogunlewe who had left PRP for APC in Lagos claimed that in real sense , there is no PDP ,saying, leaders of the party hot money from Tinubu during and after the election .
Ogunlewe said this while speaking in a interview with Punch Correspodent, extracted by PLATFORM TIMES .
When asked why he left PDP for the All Progressives Congress ,he said “no. In Lagos State, there is nothing like PDP. The leadership is corrupt. They would make noise today on the television, tomorrow they are dining with the man.
” Believe it or not, many politicians and even those that are politically minded know what I’m saying. People have seen it, they have witnessed it that these PDP people make noise that when election comes they will perform magic because they want to get money, but what do we see?”
Reacting to the allegation that his defection was for commercial purpose , Ogulewe described himself as a core civil servant that does not take contacts from anybody .
He said “I have never been a contractor. I don’t have a company. I don’t get any patronage from anybody. I’m a civil servant to the core. I grew up in the civil service, so where will I get a company to use to seek for a contract?
“People will talk but ask them for proof. I have held enviable positions in this country; that can never make me broke. I was the Permanent Secretary for Land and Housing and Survey from 1986 for at least three years.
“All the lands at Victoria Island, I shared them. Talk of Victoria Garden City and Dolphin, I built them. The Housing Scheme at Ebute Metta, I built them. I built the 10,000 Housing Scheme in Lagos State under (the late Lateef) Jakande.
“All these houses tagged ‘Jakande Houses’ I built them. I built the roads; I built the schools. How can somebody that has gone through that ever become broke in his life?
“So, apart from me having the opportunity to have properties, I have extensive goodwill. Do I want to build a new house or buy a new car? Somebody that is broke will have no house, but if you have a house you cannot be broke.”
He said Tinubu of 10 years is nit the current APC national leader ,adding that he did not know how he transformed himself to be loved by many people .
Accoroding to Ogunlewe , Tinubu is a successful politician who installed president for eight years ,vice president , Senate president and Speaker of House of Representatives as Wella s some governors and ministers .
He said “Times have changed. That was my perception at that time but the man has outsmarted everybody. He’s an extremely clever person and you have to study him, either to criticise him or to love him.
“If you are not discerning and you cannot see facts, you will be having the same thoughts that you had of him ten years ago. Honestly, I am so perplexed about the way he has been able to perform this magic. I didn’t believe it but he has done so.
“Who in the entire country can install the President, the Vice-President, the Senate President and the Speaker? For eight years?
“One person! Don’t you think there is something in that person we have to admire? He would determine who was going to be governor of Imo State; Yobe State; Ogun State, Osun State, and he would be correct.
“He would determine who was going to be ministers and those people would be appointed. He would determine who was going to get appointed as ambassador and such persons would get it. Whether you like him or you hate him, just focus on his person.
“How has he been able to get to this level? That is what is amazing to me. You see people groping in the dark: he is this, he is that, but the man has moved on. Are you going to sit down with your frustration?
“The man doesn’t even know that you are frustrated. This man, one single person, installed a presidency in Nigeria. Who has done so before? He is the rallying point for Nigerian politics today and he has the background of political development; he has the knowledge. Hate him or love him.”