How I survived two major assassination attempts on my life — Chief Abiola Ogundokun | Says, “The bullets ran through the car into my skin and flew elsewhere”

Chief
Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika….’My greatest Political regret at 80
is that i followed selfish politicians instead of selfless ones’

In this third  part of his 80th
birthday exclusive with Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter Blog, Asabeafrika, Chief Abiola Abiona Akinnpenu Ogundokun the Publisher of CONSCIENCE International magazine spoke
about his near death experiences as a politician on nine different occasion and
two of the worst hits in Abuja during General
Sani Abacha’s
reign and the other in Osun
State
during the build up to the 2007 
gubernatorial election between PDP’s Olagunsoye Oyinlola and A.C.N’s Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola. 

The Iwo, Osun State (South
West Nigerian) born political titan was caught in the volleys of hot rattling
bullets but how he managed to escape is what you will find out in this Part
Three of his 80th birthday exclusive. In this interview, Ogundokun regretted that he had largely
followed people with wrong political intentions in his career which spans over
5 decades. . Ogundokun again, for
the last time reiterates how ex-Governor
Olagunsoye Oyinlola
despite his loyalty and sacrifice to his government
rubbished him and how he in turn cursed Oyinlola
and his candidate, Senator Iyiola
Omisore
. This interview promises to reveal many other things that will
shock you. Enjoy.

Chief
Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika…’I gave Oyinlola three months
ultimatum to be relevent in politics and two weeks before the date he
was sacked as Osun State Governor’

Let us go into the issue of
assassination attempts on your life; on two occasion assassins…

(Cuts in)
Nine occasions
During the reign of General Sani
Abacha, assassins attacked you in Abuja and reigned bullets on you inside your
car and till date, analysts agreed that you simply used Juju to disappear from
the car…
(Cuts in)
Please, don’t let us go into how God works.
In 2007 again, you were captured in
Osun State with two police men killed and guns were pointed at you and again
they said they didn’t see you again…
(Cuts in)
Young man, those are the act of God. You can’t ask how God does his work.

The Chief reading his early morning papers

How do you mean sir, act of God? How will
you describe this act of God?

No, it is
the act of God because I am doing good to God.
Sir, you left me confused than ever.
I mean for heavy shootings directly into your car and you didn’t have a cut and
the other occasion, you simply disappeared. Sir, I am really, really confused
about this act of God thing you talked about?
You see when
God is not ready to take you nobody can kill you.
How my advice to Abacha got me into
trouble
Kindly tell me what led to the Abuja
assassination attempt on your life in 1997. Is it that you did a deal and
didn’t settle others?
No, that was
in-house. I was invited to NICON Hotel for a meeting by one of the associate
who was very close to the system. I didn’t know there was a grand plan to
eliminate me. I did one thing that time. Abacha called me, because I am the
one doing his international campaigns for him. He sought for my advice about
people asking him to come and succeed himself. But we have promised the
international community that Abacha will not succeed himself.
So, what do you expect me to say? I told him, I said ‘for your credibility, it
may be better for you to find your stooge and put him there.

The Chief shows the GDA an article inside his publication

The Chief and the GDA in a tete-a-tete before the interview

Let him win
election and maybe you can conduct another election later that will bring you
back as president. Those who were clamoring for his continuation in office find
it unpalatable for me to say that. They said I have used Juju to convince him
because the man was beginning to reason with my suggestion; that a promise made
to the international community should be maintained. And the man seems to feel
inclined and that was how I offended those people. And they organized these
soldier boys and police to mount the attack and they opened fire on me as I was
coming from the hotel back to my Apo
residence and God so good; the bullets will come into the car, it will wine
into my body and it will fly into another direction. The poor girl who was
sitting in front of the car because it was my Sivia Sport Nissan car
and I was the one driving, this girl sustained heavy gun wounds. They broke her
leg with the bullets and immediately it happened, they taught they got me. The
tires were punctured, yes. But I was very close to Garki hospital, I move
down and I turned round into the hospital and they taught my car went into the
ditch. But I went into the hospital and I called Al-Mustapha right there
in the hospital that they wanted to kill me. He now sends some security details
to me. I didn’t have a scratch. I didn’t have a single scratch from their
bullets.

General Sani Abacha; Chief Ogundokun didn’t want him to survive himself but he got bullets for it’

The GDA and a copy of Chief’s CONSCIENCE Magazine

Can you tell me about the Osun State
attempt, how did it happen? I know we were in the election year at the time?
I was
accused of masterminding the rigging of Oyinlola’s election against (Rauf) Aregbesola.
Aregbe
is like a son to me. When he wanted to contest I took the pain to go and meet
him in his Alausa office when he was commissioner for Works in Lagos. He
has been to my house in London with
(Senator) Afikuyomi. They are like my brothers or my children. The two
of them, he and Afikuyomi were very close to me and I took advantage of that
relationship to talk him into not contesting. I said ‘don’t contest now, let Oyinlola finish. I will support you after the reign of Oyinlola’ and he said ‘no’;
he said no and I left him. Before I got to Oshogbo, they have told Oyinlola
about my visit to Aregbe. Luckily I informed Oyinlola and Fatai Akinbade before I
met Aregbe;
the news has started making rounds that Ogundokun has gone to meet Aregbesola,
maybe he wants to jump away from the party but luckily I had told Oyinlola
and Fatai
Akinbade
(Osun State SSG at the time) that I was going to meet him.
With their consent I went, so, the news was washed off anyway. Now, the election
was near and I had to ensure that Oyinlola wins. I was the chairman of
the tactical committee to ensure the victory, with Gani Ola-Oluwa and Ibukun
at Ilesa and Imolede who came from America.
I put up this strong body that was determined to ensure victory for PDP at all
cost. So, I ran into trouble. I was leaving this house one evening to go to Iwo
around 8pm in the night and somebody called me. The man asked me where I am, I
said I was in Lagos and he said ‘tonight
we are going to kill you’
they boasted and said so many things and I
replied him, I said ‘now, I am waiting for you to come and kill me. I am ready’. 

Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika…’Money can not do anything God can do many things’

So, I was going and I started calling them, I
told them I was on my way. As they were calling me, I was calling them. But I
didn’t know truly that they were planning. So, when I got to Iwo
I told everybody that I am under threat of assassination. I left Iwo
the following day and I didn’t want to use my car. Tactically I was invited
over by Oyinlola to come and the late Landero (Demola Landero
PDP State party chairman) wanted to see me as well. I now called Funlola
Lamuye
to position her car at Ori-eru so that I will not use my
car. I did that after briefing all my supporters. So, I instructed my boy who
is a counselor to take my car and drop it in front of my house. I didn’t know,
truly, this people were actually monitoring our movement. So, Funlola
Lamuye
has gone to park at Ori-Eru on the way to Oshogbo.
Wasiu (his boy) now took my car to pick me down there. As we were approaching Funmilola
Lamuye
I came down from the car, took the car from Funmilola. She actually
wanted to drive but I said to her ‘there
is danger in front, you can’t drive’
. So, I took the car wheels off her and
I was driving.  Not quite eight to ten
minutes there was a section of the road that was very, very bad and that was
where we saw two cars coming from the other side (Ede) and about 6 other buses
and cars were following me behind. We got to this terrible spot and these cars
coming from Ede just crossed over to my side and they blocked us. So, I
tried to maneuver the car unknown to me that there is a gutter. The car is a
small car and we fell into the ditch and that was how they got hold of me. They
were firing bullets into the sky and the confusion grew bigger.  Even Ebenezer Babatope’s brother who
teaches in a polytechnic was caught in the confusion. So, everybody that came
after me was made to lie down and they collected the keys of their cars. Unfortunately,
I didn’t know that even Landero that called me to come for
the meeting with Oyinlola was at Bowen University, Iwo to
see to his son. We were caught, they held me down and they said ‘No, iwo Baba Agbaya yi’ today we no longer fear you. We used to fear you, we
are
taking you to Lagos before we
deal with you and we are taking this car’
. So, they wanted to take the car.

Chief and the GDA talk on political current issues before the interview started

As we were trying to take the car out of the pitch, there came this beautiful Chevrolet American car. We didn’t know
it was Landero’s car. And there were three police men with him as Landero
was the one driving. They saw these policemen and that really caused a
diversion, they opened fire on the car and they killed two police men. That
diversion saved me because those people who were guiding me and held me to the
seat left me. They were equally afraid. So, I came out. Their boss held an AK-47 pointing to me and I told him ‘Ogbeni, I am sure you know me’ he said ‘I
know you’
I said ‘but dog don’t eat
dog, I am not the
person you are
after’
he said ‘no, you are the one
we are send to bring’
. I said ‘is
that what you want? Ok, let’s go’.
So, they were pushing the car and the car was not moving. So, I joined them and
I don’t know how God just took me away from them. And God took me away from
them into the bush. Immediately I disappeared, they all ran away.

Ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola…the man who needs deliverance from Chief Abiola Ogundokun

Few minutes
later, on coming out to the road, I saw a 504
station wagon
from a distance; I didn’t know it was the police. My boy who
drove my Mercedes Benz has gone to Ede Police Command and brought them.
By the time I came out of the bush, I saw this car and I wanted to jump back
into the bush but I heard ‘Daddy, daddy,
we are with the police, we are with the
police’
and I came out. By the time we now walked to the scene of action, it was Landero
standing with the only survivor policeman whose stomach was bullet ridden. So,
I went to the car. Landero was not hurt but the two police men were dead. I went
to the car and collected their riffles before taking the survivor to the
hospital. Up till now, I have the lace clothe that I wore that day with blood stain
of these police men. So, we carried the man to Oshogbo hospital where he was operated upon and laboratory
operation was done on him. I thank God the police man is living today. When we
got to Oshgbo we talked to the press and the press announced it. As a
matter of fact, Landero was not part of the target. I and Funmilola Lamuye were the
victims and we thank God. They could have killed Landero if they knew he
was the one driving the car you know he looks boyish. So, they taught he was
the driver and they didn’t kill him. That was how we became guests of the
Government House. Oyinlola said we
should not go home that we should be living in the government house. He put us
in one of the government’s guest houses and later we were not too comfortable
with the restrictions of visitors and that was how he put us in the first
governor’s lodge used when the state was created until they asked me out
because I said I am not supporting Omisore. That was the beginning of
my trouble and I was not patronized for years and I spent a lot of money for
the election. At the end of the day, Oyinlola defended himself that he
instructed Akinbade to give me contract because he is the chairman of the
Tender’s Board which he did not do. And he promised to give me something else.

Asiwaju
Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Chief Abiola Ogundokun wants him to join other
political leaders to find solution to the problems of Nigeria’

The Borehole Contract
“Then, there
was a borehole contract they were trying to do on direct labor and he said if I
can just accept that. Everybody know that direct labor cannot give you profit.
I said ‘ok, I will do it’. The
borehole that he is giving out for N100, 050; 000 (One Million Fifty Thousand
Naira per unit) but because they said they don’t have money. So, they gave it
out to me on direct labor at N750, 000 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira)
and I choose to do it. I did it; I completed it in a jiffy. In fact, Oyinlola
claimed that was his best pubic project work and he declared me as the best
contractor. But I waited for something else and it never came. I lost seven
million Naira out of that contract. I want to thank the man who was then in charge
of due process, Mr. Abiola. He helped me a lot to make sure I saved the losses.
Because when I finished the first 60 boreholes, the man gave me an address in India
to go and buy the raw materials in bulk. I travelled down and that opportunity
saved me a larger percentage which would have amounted to a great loss. The
first seven million I lost was before I took that advice. But Oyinlola
at the State Executive meeting, declared me as the ‘Best Contractor’ during his
regime. But what will I have to replenish? I was producing all these campaign
materials with my monies, the billboards, the T-shirts, the receptive jackets,
the hijabs which were produced from China, I did all these with my
money. I have to come to Lagos to sell some of my houses including my biscuit
factory on Badagry road to sustain because he told me that somebody was
blackmailing me, he was destroying me and I kept on pumping my money to
succeed. He cannot forget what I have done for him.

Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika…’I was waylaid and ambushed by my assailants but i simply disappeared’

You mean Olagunsoye Oyinlola?
But I cannot
forget that he has not treated me fairly. I have decided to forgive him two
months ago. My sin was that I refused to support (Iyiola) Omisore that he
presented, I was barred from seeing him and that provoked Chief Afe Babalola’s
anger, who told Obasanjo. So, Obasanjo invited us and that was
how we met and quarreled and I cursed him that he will not last three months.
And two weeks to my three months that I gave him, he was removed. I told him
anything he touches in that party he will never get. He wanted to be secretary,
he failed.  Anything he asked for. Now, I
am not happy that he has been losing. Although his family came and Obasanjo
instructed him to pay me back but he never did’

Chief Abiola Ogundokun in a rare pose with the GDA with a copy of Conscience International Magazine’

I regret following Fake Politicians…
So, what are your great regrets about
Nigeria and the political class?
My regret is
that I followed people who lack discipline, honesty and who are self centered.
People who do not wish anybody well but their pockets and their family. These
are the people who have destroyed Nigeria. People who believe money can do
everything money cannot do anything, God can do many things.  The way I spend my money is the way God
replenish me. I just have to continue it that way because God has never allowed
me to land into any problem. When there is no kobo on me, in few minutes, God
will just open the door and bring money. Now, my Conscience Magazine is 20 years now, I have not failed publishing
it. People believed it will die but something good happens and when I feel this
is not coming out, something will just come. I am a specialist image launderer.
Before anybody in Nigeria, the first magazine to do image laundry in Nigeria
and people are now copying is CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL.

The GDA meets Chief Abiola Ogundokun

Well, I will say, I want
Nigeria of a better dream, a united, progressive, loving, trouble free society
where we will love each other according to the injunctions in the Holy Bible
and the Quran that ‘Love thy neighbor as
thyself’
; a society that will have a sense of belonging so that we can give
our lives to the society. Go to America, every American man thinks of US
before anything. We must create a country where we can put Nigeria first and
others later. I will appeal to the government and I will make mention of some
particular leaders, the president himself, Tinubu, Saraki and leaders of the
PDP. They must fashion out a way of bringing everybody to a round table talk
and find a lasting solution to Nigeria’s problems.

Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika…’My Abuja assailants taught their bullets got me’

Are you aware that the masses are suffering?
Oh, if they
come together now and find a solution, the masses will not suffer again. They
will be able to work and concentrate and find alternative routes to bring peace
and unity. Not ‘I must rule, I must rule’ tendency everywhere. 

Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika..’I got a threat call over my support for Oyinlola’
Chief Gists with the GDA as he receives a call on his phone

The Chief with the GDA after the chat

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