Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of the most loyal Awoists still standing, has finally completed his autobiography.
Set for launch on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Harbour Point, Victoria Island (Lagos), the 24-chapter gripping book captures “why Obasanjo has always been a kill-joy” and most of the dramatic episodes in Nigerian political history.
Accused of treason in 1962 alongside Chief Obafemi Awolowo and 29 others, he documented his role in the allegation of plotting to overthrow a democratically elected government and revealed his life in exile in Ghana, imprisonment in Usherford (Accra, Ghana), Kaduna and Kirikiri Prisons (Nigeria).
The book, which took over a decade to write, detailed the most dramatic episodes in the life of the lawyer, politician, public affairs analyst and former journalist as he disclosed how Unity Party of Nigeria was formed and those who almost sabotaged its principles.
The Awoist elaborated, for the first time ever, details of the late sage’s (Chief Awolowo) intimate political frustrations and calculations in his ambitious effort to turn Nigeria into an Eldorado, his very private life and family, and his “authentic” political children.
With more insights into the National Democratic Coalition days during the rage and terror of General Sani Abacha, Chief Adebanjo enlightened his readers on how the battle was fought and won including how MKO Abiola’s most trusted friends and allies betrayed him.
The book also revealed some of the riveting dramas in the formation of Alliance for Democracy, the fiercest-struggle for its body and soul and the reasons for its unavoidable demise.
Born on April 10, 1928, in the very rural Okelamuren, Ijebu Ode (Ogun state), Chief Adebanjo told his story as the only child of his mother, Salamotu Odubanke after several years of childlessness. His education, attending a few elementary schools, the prestigious CMS Grammar School, joining politics in 1951, his role as Organising Secretary of Action Group and sojourn to England to study Law are painted in vivid colours.
The launch is expected to attract political bigwigs, captains of industry and those who care about Nigeria and her future.