Barring any last minute changes, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, will meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo today in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The meeting is part of his ongoing consultation and rapprochement process to actualise his presidential bid.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin, disclosed the development on Wednesday morning.
“Learnt that the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be visiting Abeokuta, Ogun State today, Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
“He’s scheduled to visit President Olusegun Obasanjo at 10.00am and address the people at the MKO Abiola Int’l Stadium immediately after,” Somorin said in a terse statement made available to newsmen.
Another statement signed by the APC State Chairman, Yemi Sanusi said “all Exco members and Party Chairmen are to attend promptly.”
“Asiwaju Visits Ogun State: This is to inform you that the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be visiting Abeokuta, Ogun State today, Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
“All Exco members and Party Chairmen are to attend promptly.Time: 10.00 am,” it reads.
Daily Trust reports this is the third Tinubu would be visiting Ogun over his presidential bid.
Obasanjo and Tinubu were known to be sworn enemies, their adversarial relationship dated back to their days as President and Lagos State Governor respectively.
But in 2013, Tinubu shelved his acrimonious disposition towards Obasanjo and beseeched him to be the APC’s navigator to the 2015 presidential election.
“You have come out of tribulation and held the highest position in this country. We are here because of your courage and salient points. Nobody can say he has more information than you,” Tinubu told Obasanjo in Abeokuta when he led APC bigwigs to meet the former President.
Buhari won that election, defeating incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan, in what had turned a major upset in Nigeria’s political history.
No sooner had Buhari won the election than Obasanjo and Tinubu went back to their pre-election mode of mutual animosity.
The former Lagos Governor’s planned visit today is to seek Obasanjo’s support for his presidential bid, Daily Trust understands.
Obasanjo who had vowed not to endorse any candidate in a hurry has since kept his choice in the next election close to his chest.
Aside from meeting with Obasanjo, Tinubu is expected to address the APC members at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Findings revealed that the APC candidate may address the internal crisis with the ranks of the ruling party in the state.
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