Obasanjo Meets Abdulsalami, IBB To Unveil 2023 Agenda
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, visited residences of two former Heads of State, retired Generals Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Obasanjo arrived Minna, the Niger State capital, at midday and spent about an hour in Abdulsalami’s house before going to the hilltop residence of Babangida.
Speaking with newsmen after the visit, Obasanjo stated that he has no preferred candidate among those contesting the 2023 presidential election, explaining further that he only had a national agenda. “I don’t have a special candidate, I have a national agenda.”
He, however, promised to unveil his agenda for the 2023 elections ‘soon.’ Obasanjo did not give details of the agenda to be released, but insisted that it will be made public very soon.
The former president also said he was in Minna to visit the former Head of State who had been indisposed.
“I came to see my brother who has been a little indisposed. I had plans to visit him when he was still in London, but the day I arrived London was the day he returned home. So, that is why I decided to come and see him at home. He is very special, so, I had to come.”
He added that “if there is anyone who is indisposed, I will visit as I am still strong.”
The former president arrived at Abdulsalami’s residence around 12:30p.m. and after greetings with members of the family entered into a closed-door meeting with his host. From Abdulsalami’s residence, Obasanjo went to Babangida’s mansion, where he also held another closed-door meeting.
He left Babangida’s residence around 2:30p.m. for the Minna airport from where he flew to Abuja. Obasanjo had in the last couple of days met with prominent presidential candidates. Earlier in the month, Obasanjo hosted the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu at his Abeokuta, Ogun State residence, a meeting he described as “more brotherly than political.”
Days after that, he led the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to meet Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in London. Details of the meeting were not disclosed but reports suggest that discussions were centred on next year’s poll.
Following the meeting, Wike re-echoed Obasanjo’s comment, saying his consultations – including a meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag-bearer, Atiku Abubakar – were in Nigeria’s interest.
“What we are talking about is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not a parochial thing, being centred on a person or group of persons. We believe that what is going on will be in the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day. Consultation is still ongoing. Nothing we have said now has been concretised,” Wike said on Friday following his arrival in the country.