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Jonathan-Obasanjo Face Off: Shagari, Gowon, Others To Initiate Reconciliation As Security Agencies Insist On Investigation Of Allegations In Letter

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Goodluck-Jonathan-and-ObasanjoIndications have emerged that some former Heads of Government have initiated moves to mend the broken relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The peace moves it was learnt follows the recent recourse to use of open letters to discuss otherwise private and highly sensitive matters of state which if not handled properly could snowball into a major political crisis.

This is just as security agencies are planning on how best to approach the former president to shed more light on some of the allegations in his letter, especially those that have the potential to breach security.

Some of the leaders reportedly on the peace train are ex-Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd); ex-President Shehu Shagari, former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan and eminent leaders drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.

It was learnt that some of the leaders had reached out to Messrs Jonathan and Obasanjo, urging them to sheathe their swords.

According to a source, who is aware of the peace initiative, “These leaders are concerned that the feud might threaten the National Council of State”, adding that “imagine if a meeting is called and members of the NCS pitch tents with either the president or Obasanjo”.

On the willingness of the former president to agree to a reconciliation process brokered by the respected leaders, the source said: “I know Baba is still angry but he is watching the unfolding development. We hope the leaders will be able to facilitate the reconciliation”.

Meanwhile, a security source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press on the matter, said the peace moves notwithstanding, the security agencies would still go ahead with a probe of the allegation in Obasanjo’s letter that snipers are being trained because it has “grave implications for our national security”.

The source added: “Our probe is not to apportion blame but it will enable us to put pre-emptive measures in place, depending on our findings”.

When pressed to comment on whether the security agencies would invite Obasanjo, the source explained that “We will interact with the ex-president in a manner dignifying of his status.

“As a Nigerian, he has raised a concernand we have a responsibility to invite or visit him for interaction.

“If the allegation is true, we will pass our findings and recommendations to the government as appropriate.

“Where the allegation borders on intent or it is outright falsehood, we will also make our findings known to the government and the ex-president. No one is on trial in this circumstance; this is our approach to it”, the source stressed.

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  1. Omo Jesu

    December 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Yes, this is what i want

  2. Victor

    December 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Can Obj be trusted in this regard? My view is certainly no. Recall the experience of LateOkadigbo,Wabara etc.
    Obj thinks that he owns this country so whatever does not go his way must be damaged.
    It’s time we stand up to him

  3. edosa kingsley

    December 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    obasanjo, what did he take himselff for, is time for him to know that he is not the owner of NIGERIA, NIGERIA is not on his pocket.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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