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Reconciliation Between Jonathan And Obasanjo A Possibility – Presidency

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Jonathan-and-Obasanjo-360x225Indications emerged on Sunday that President Goodluck Jonathan has not foreclosed the possibility of reconciling with former President Olusegun Obasanjo following the recent public exchange of correspondence between the pair.

Confirmation that the once chummy relationship between the duo has turned sour came to the front burner in December 2013 when Obasanjo wrote a letter titled ‘Before it is too late’ to the president.

In the said letter, the former president accused Jonathan of condoning corruption, training snipers, putting about 1,000 Nigerians on a watch list, engaging in anti-party activities and other acts capable of tearing the nation apart.

In his reply, which was also made open, the president accused Obasanjo of writing a letter capable of inciting Nigerians against him even as he denied all the allegations leveled against him and his administration by the former president.

The public spat between the duo reportedly led some former leaders and eminent Nigerians to embark on a fence mending mission in order to reduce the tension generated in the polity by the open letters which they noted was not in the best interest of the country and its people.

Although the Special Adviser to the president on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY Punch in Abuja, said though he was not aware of such moves to reconcile his boss and Obasanjo, the move could not be faulted.

He stated that in spite of the exchange of letters between the two leaders, the president still had the utmost regard for Obasanjo.

The presidential aide added that President Jonathan considers Obasanjo not only as a leader but also as a father hence his deference to him as ‘Baba’.

“We are not aware of the reconciliation moves but there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, it is a good development because our party, the PDP, is always open to reconciliation.

“Only God is perfect. If in the wisdom of the nation’s elders, there is a need for reconciliation, there is no problem.

“Let me assure you however that President Jonathan has nothing against Chief Obasanjo. He considers the former President as a leader and a father that is why he calls him Baba.

“President Jonathan has highest respect for Chief Obasanjo. The recent exchange of letters does not mean that he does not hold the former President in high esteem.

“Nobody is perfect. No leader is perfect; it is only God that is perfect. There is no alternative to peace in the country and in our party”.

Speaking in the same vein, a media aide to Obasanjo, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, said on Sunday that the former leader was not at loggerheads with Jonathan.

Oladunjoye also denied knowledge of any move to reconcile the two leaders.

According to him, “Baba did not write that letter as an enemy.  He said he wrote the letter as part of his duties to his political godson, the PDP and the nation.

“I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that Baba is not at war with anybody, including the President. That is why when the President wrote his own letter, Baba said he had no comment to make”.

The media aide wondered why some people felt they could benefit from a dispute that did not exist between Obasanjo and Jonathan, reiterating the part in the letter by the former president where he stated that he would maintain his sanity.

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  1. Adeniyi Qozim

    January 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    GEJ IS TRYING HIS POSSIBLE BEST THE WAY HE CAN DO! Obasanjo and Gej are of father to son, Nigeria is in hand of God.

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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.

Also Read: 2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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.

Also Read: Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

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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