Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is presently in a meeting with some prominent Yoruba leaders in Lagos.
The meeting which is being held at the home of Afenifere chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, in Lagos has in attendance Akin Mabogunje, Mrs. Awolowo Dosumu, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Mr. Supo Shonibare and Mr. Yinka Odumakin.
Also in attendance are former Ogun and Ondo State governors, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Olusegun Mimiko respectively.
While not much is known yet about the meeting, it is believed that it may not be unconnected with the former president’s effort to ensure President Muhammadu Buhari is not re-elected president in 2019.
Speculations are that the meeting with prominent Yoruba leaders could be part of Obasanjo’s strategies to forge a common front ahead of the 2019 general elections in order to achieve his goal.
Earlier, the former president had paid a condolence visit to former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, on the recent loss of his son.
Meanwhile, when the meeting later came to an end having lasted for several hours, Obasanjo refused to respond to questions directed at him by newsmen.
But his host, Adebanjo told newsmen that they had a common goal, explaining that the meeting was targetted at ensuring the unity of Yorubaland and the country.
“Nothing more than the fact that Nigeria must move forward. All attempts to establish dictatorial tendencies in the country must be opposed. There must be unity to destroy mediocrity and dictatorship,” Adebanjo said.
On whether the meeting has anything to do with 2019 general elections, he said, “What is important is that we have our common goal. We don’t have a candidate yet. Not yet. We must agree first, any difference among us must be settled. If you are not united you can’t fight the battle. The Yoruba man must put on their thinking cap.”
Pastor Bakare, a critic of Obasanjo, who was also at the meeting said, “Being a critic is not an enemy of the state or the nation. The thinker is the enemy of the mob. If you say I have been a critic of Chief Obasanjo, look at him now being a critic of Muhammadu Buhari too, yet he facilitated his coming in. A critic is not the same thing as criticism, it is let us reason together, things are not going the right way. That is all.”
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