Tinubu denies visiting Buhari over Obasanjo

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu shakes President Muhammadu Buhari on arriving at the Presidential Villa
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu shakes President Muhammadu Buhari on arriving at the Presidential Villa

All Progressives Congress national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday said that his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari was not connected with the critical statement issued by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Buhari’s presidency.

Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman said the visit by Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State, to the Presidential Villa was scheduled since last week.

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”President Buhari periodically schedules talks with Asiwaju Tinubu and Baba Akande, as he does with other Nigerians and APC figures, to discuss substantive issues pertaining to the governance of the country and matters concerning the party.

”This visit was one of such meetings. As such, the meeting had nothing to do with the statement of former President Obasanjo.

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”It is totally unconnected. At the time of the meeting, Tinubu and Baba Akande were even unaware that President Obasanjo had released his statement,” Rahman said.

Former President Obasanjo, in a statement released today urged President Buhari to abandon the idea of seeking re-election in 2019.

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In the diatribe, which he entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, Obasanjo claimed Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the horse”.

Obasanjo urged the President to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.”

Obasanjo, a two-term president on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he felt disappointed by Buhari, whom he supported during the 2015 election over then incumbent and candidate of his former party, Goodluck Jonathan.

There has been no official reaction to the latest statement by the Buhari presidency.