“It was just a meeting to rub minds with Baba being that the former president is a father figure to all Nigerians and an elder-statesman”.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Tuesday, held a closed-door meeting at the former’s home in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Though the detail of the meeting was not disclosed, it is believed to be in relation to the coming 2015 general elections.
While both men are members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Obasanjo recently wrote to the leadership of the party, informing it of his decision to stay away from all PDP activities.
Prior to that, Mr. Obasanjo had written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan accusing him of mismanaging the party, and planning high level political assassinations.
The former President accused Mr. Jonathan of reneging on a promise to do only one term in office.
Although Mr. Tambuwal remains a leader of the PDP, he is rumoured to be one of the front runners to clinch the presidential ticket of the opposition All Progressives Congress.
Only last week, posters of the Speaker alongside his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha as presidential and vice presidential aspirants adorned major streets of Abuja.
Both Messrs. Tambuwal and Ihedioha distanced themselves from the posters.
Neither Mr. Tambuwal nor Mr. Obasanjo spoke to journalists after Tuesdays’ meeting.
However the spokesperson of Mr. Tambuwal, Imam Imam, informed PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Tambuwal was just in Abeokuta to ‘rub minds’ with the former president.
“It was just a meeting to rub minds with baba being that the former president is a father figure to all Nigerians and an elder-statesman.
The same way we do meet with other stakeholders, the speaker went to confer with Baba and rub minds together as part of our legislative mandate,” he said.
Another source close to the speaker informed PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Tambuwal has started nationwide consultation with regards to his rumoured presidential ambition.
“The Speaker has already begun consultations with all relevant stakeholders, you know 2015 is fast approaching,” our source, who declined to be named because he is not permitted to talk to the press, said.
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