The senator representing Adamawa north, Senator Elisha Abbo, said Rauf Aregbesola, former governor of Osun State and minister-designate, gave him his one-month salary to contest the chairmanship election in his hometown in 2012.
The young senator stated this on Monday while speaking on the floor of the Senate during an ongoing ministerial-nominee screening of the former governor, describing him as a ‘detribalised, honest Nigerian’ and request the senate extend the respect accorded other ex-lawmakers to him.
He narrated, ” I want to join my colleagues from Osun and the entire south-west to extol the virtue of this great Nigerian.
I remember in 2012 when i contested for the chairmanship of my local government as a very tiny young man; I visited you in GRA, Ikeja in your house.
“I never knew you and you asked me to come in and I explained my problems and you told me to come to the government house and meet you.
“When I got there, I thought I would stay there for three days without seeing you. I filled a form, you saw my name and ushered me into your office upstairs and you gave me the whole of your salary that month to go to Adamawa and contest election.
“Today, to the grace of God, I am one of the people confirming your nomination. I want to enjoin my colleagues to please allow this detribalised, honest Nigerian to take a bow and go and also ask of Mr President of Nigeria to give you a very big ministry. God bless you, sir.”
Aregbesola however responded not recollecting the encounter but expressed gratitude to Abbo for sharing it publicly.
The former governor also did not leave out the APC chieftain of the south-west, Bola Tinubu, whom he said groomed him well.
It should be recalled, Senator Abbo was alleged to have assaulted a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja in a viral video and is being investigated by the senate.
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