Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, on Friday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his private residence on Presidential Hilltop Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, saying the “relationship” between him and his former boss is “extremely cordial”.
Atiku, who is a presidential aspirant for the 2015 general elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), arrived Obasanjo’s home by 2:56pm with his entourage, which included the Director of his Campaign Organisation, Prof. Babalola Borisade and Oyewole Fasawe, an associate of Mr. Obasanjo, among others, held a private meeting with the ex-president.
After a closed-door meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes, Atiku emerged from the chamber with his host, before they went to another wing of the expansive mansion where they had lunch together.
Earlier in the day, the National Leader of the APC and Lagos State former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, accompanied by former governor of Ekiti State and National Vice Chairman of APC, Segun Oni, also visited Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Friday and had a separate closed door meeting with him.
It was not clear what was discussed at the meeting with Obasanjo as Tinubu and Oni declined to speak with reporters before they drove off by 12:30pm.
However, Atiku, while fielding questions from reporters shortly after his meeting with Obasanjo, disclosed that they discussed issues bordering on the state of the nation.
He also lamented the defection of former Governor Olusegun Odoba of the APC to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), saying it is “regrettable and unfortunate”.
The former VP expressed the confidence that reconciliation between Osoba and incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun is still possible, even as he noted that the purchase of Presidential nomination form for Speaker Aminu Tambuwal by some people is a good omen.
Atiku said: “first and foremost, I came to pay my respect to my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo and we discussed the state of the nation generally and our relationship is extremely cordial.
“(On Osoba’s issue) I’m the Chairman of the South West reconciliation Committee (of APC) but we also had to set up and elder sub-committee of that committee to try and see if there will be what I called an internal reconciliation before the bigger committee looks at the reconciliation process.
“(His leaving APC for SDP) is regrettable, unfortunate but I believe it is a situation that is still reconcilable. This is a situation that has been going on for some time and we have not given up”.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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