The Senate President, David Mark, as well as notable politicians from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Accord Party, AC, on Friday held separate closed-door meetings with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Other visitors to Mr. Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta were Bola Tinubu, Rasheed Ladoja and Segun Oni.
The senate president, who was accompanied by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta and Josephine Anenih, arrived at Mr. Obasanjo’s home at about 2p.m. and left at about 3.45p.m.
Speaking with journalists, he described Mr. Obasanjo as “the father of the nation,” and key to the progress of Nigeria.
“That’s why I’m here to pay homage,” Mr. Mark said.
On his exact mission, Mr. Mark said, “We have come to discuss with him and raise some basic issues that affect both the party and the nation at large. They were discussions that would move this nation forward. You know his passion for this nation is unquantifiable; so, we have really had a good discussion session with him.”
On the Ogun state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, crisis, and whether it was part of the meeting’s agenda Mr. Mark said, “We are working as a party to make sure we put everybody who wants to be on board, on board and congresses are coming up; so, I think this is normal.”
A chieftain of the APC, Mr. Tinubu, after his session with Mr. Obasanjo, said he was there to discuss because “we cannot know it all.”
”We need to consult. Equally, we took an observation of his former boys, who are running for presidency in our party, and sought his opinion about them,” Mr. Tinubu said.
He, however, insisted that he would not disclose exactly what the meeting was about.
Asked to comment on Nigeria at 54, Mr. Tinubu described the country as an “invalid baby in the incubator.”
He called for a “common sense revolution.”
“With a common sense revolution to overhaul our security, the army will respect the people; with a common sense revolution in job creation, there will be better conditions of living for everybody,” he said. ”It is high time we take our country back from corruption and replace the clueless leaders with the purposeful, revolutionary leaders that will rehabilitate this country and fix everything back. It is a rescue mission; we must take our country back from mismanagement.”
He stated that Nigeria did not have good leaders. “They are clueless, while the followers appear sadistic. We like being punished,” he said.