PDP governors meet Obasanjo, seek ex-president’s help over Nigeria’s security, economic woes

Five governors of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross Rivers), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa) arrived Mr. Obasanjo’s home at about 12:30p.m. and went straight into a meeting which lasted for about three hours.

However, sources hinted that, the visit may be to broker peace between the former leader and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The two men have maintained a strained relationship lately with Mr. Obasanjo openly questioning Mr. Jonathan’s stewardship, criticising his record on corruption and his handling of the Boko Haram crisis.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Mr. Obasanjo told journalists that the governors were around to discuss with him how to salvage the nation from its current economic and security problems.

The former president said his recent comments on the state of Nigeria, was not aimed at running anybody down but rather to see to how the situations could be rectified.

“First of all thank my colleagues and my brothers who have decided to pay me a special visit.

They were concerned about what you may call the situation of the nation, security, economy. I have raised in my own public pronouncement in recent times not to castigate anybody, not to bad-mouth anybody, not to run anybody down but out of genuine concern for the situation of this country and that is the same thing that has brought them and I want to thank them,” he said.

“When we looked at these issues closely, very objectively and we came to the conclusion that yes we have a bad situation but not irretrievably bad. Something can still be done and what now is required is the will and the courage to do something when and how it needs to be done,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

“We agreed on that and we also agreed that I appreciate their coming to me because of the respect and honour they have for me. This task is not for one man and it is not even a task for one group, it is a task that requires all hands on deck and as they have said and assured me that this type of consultation, they would have with other leaders so that this country which is ours and for which we have no alternatives,” he stated.

“The other day, somebody told me he knows NADECO route, I do not want to follow NADECO- It is incumbent on us to do what is right, with men like them; Issa Yuguda, Godswill Akpabio, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu the Chief Servant, Sule Lamido and a very good one Liyel Imoke. They are colleagues with whom I have worked together, they will like to call themselves my sons, when you have a son like Sule Lamido who is almost a foot taller than yourself, you must watch what you would say and do,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

On the economy, with the fall in oil price, Mr. Obasanjo said he was not scared that the nation’s economy might soon hit the rock as posited by experts.

“I am never scared by anything but I am concerned that firstly, when we had surplus, we did not remember the rainy day now that the rainy day is staring us in the face, we must be honest and courageous enough to do what is right, to let the nation know and then to take the steps that will put it right as quick as possible,” he said.

Governor Akpabio in his own comment said: “I thank our dear leader, our former president and a man that all Nigerians love and respect. If you notice, we are from the PDP extraction and we have decided that as the party in power and the party that the country has a lot of confidence in right from 1999, he played a key role in the emergence of the current democracy and he is still playing both nationally and internationally, so, we decided that it is important for us to come and consult with him as he said. Pay our respect, discuss the affairs of the nation and then to tap from his wealth of wisdom.

“The intention here is that all Nigerians are determined to reposition the country, we have no other country than Nigeria and so, no matter the challenges we may face today, we must work together as a team to redeem the situation, I want to thank our dear leader for receiving us and for what he said that the situation is redeemable and that we must also consult other leaders and work to ensure that the country is redeemed.”

Also speaking, Governor Aliyu said: “To what our father have said, if you notice, all of us are his children both administratively, politically and in reality, and we have come to consult with the oracle of leadership and politics of this country and we have benefited tremendously with our coming.

“You have heard him say we need also to consult with other people because all of us must come together.

“The issue of Nigeria is beyond partisanship that is the main thing that we are carrying and we must tell all Nigerians to rally together and let us put our nation in the right place.”


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  • Jika

    The God that we the innocent Nigerians worship,will not allow for any cospiraracy that will further subjugate us to economic bondage,perpetual insecurity and political instability.If the intention of this meeting is for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians,may it find favor with God.If it is however,to find ways and means to maintain the status quo,may it never see the light of the day.Amen.

    • Mosaku 147

      Amen.

      • Mr. Abdin

        Amen the housse has fallen.

  • Maria

    Shameless people. What are they doing with OBJ? Dumbo needs his support again to win? The shoeless man is a joke.

    • Wähala

      Dat no be why dem go swallow amala with Baba in my view, they went to persuade/stop him from criticizing Dumbo publicly alright, but methinks they went to pre-empt his new tell-all book from circulation in two weeks. Simply put, they went to snatch Baba’s Christmas Gift to Nigerians from Ota Farms… Hahaha chei! However, “insurance” cover us if we remember that Baba never forgives, his mega-grouse is that Dumbo coerced/used Iyabo to disparage Obasanjo after his now infamous letter. Again, Hahaha chai! Either way, Baba is in the middle…
      The News!

    • Kamal Kamoru

      Mehn! You guys are DAFT Sha!! Chai! The report says FIVE(5) PDP governors! I suppose you can count? HOW MANY CAN YOU SEE IN THE PIC ‘MADAM’???
      Nawao!
      After the meeting yesterday, they(5guvnrs) and Obj all came out to address SERIOUS Journalists. Where ws the PT crew??
      This is an old pic and u are here shooting off yur stale breath about their faces! Chai!
      Calm down Hajiya!
      I dey laff oo!!!!!

  • Mosaku 147

    I thought they had said before that obj was irrelevant.why then are these pigs seeking his ‘wise counsel’? Na wa for PDP.i never thought they would go back to their vomit. So fear time don reach? Where is Okupe,Abati and co?

  • Ashibogu

    Baba dey fear! E no wan follow NADECO route. Baba, who dey pursue you. Who finished excess crude account? No be d so called Governors. Now, they are afraid of following NADECO route. Well, my prayer is that the will of God be done in Nigeria. Let his determinate counsel come to pass in our nation.

    • Adoki Achine

      Fear ke? This man stayed in Nigeria to criticize the dreaded Abacha when others were taking the NADECO route and running to far away America to hide. So what was brave about the NADECO route?

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    Hear Mr Akpabio: “we have decided that as the party in power and the party that the country has a lot of confidence………”. Does this sound like a group owning up to their errors and seeking solutions? No one should take these unrepentant mismanagers serious – you could not have genuinely admitted that you have not managed well and be promoting the re-election of the same clueless leader. Have they heard what Dr Christoper Kolade who resigned from the government said today? I guess President Obasanjo knows you too well.

  • Maria

    Certainly, OBJ jolted these jesters… just look at their faces…. they have no good news to tell Dr Dumbo in Abuja.

    • Henry Nugwa

      This is an old picture madam.
      ONLY FIVE GOVERNORSHIP WENT TO SEE HIM!
      Stop smoking that cheap adulterated stuff that fries your brain.
      Hahahahah!!
      DUMBO LIKE YOU!!

      • Henry Nugwa

        *only five GOVERNORS Went to see him!

        • Maria

          Hahahahahahahahaha…thanks for correcting the illiterate.

          • Henry Nugwa

            I think ‘life video’ is a really funny form of illiteracy..
            Hahahahahahaha!

          • Maria

            Thanks for the correction.

      • Maria

        Yes old picture but I saw the life video on channels tv… they all dont look good.

        • Henry Nugwa

          Yaaawn..u wer referring to the pic above..u wrote ‘just look at their faces’.

          Enjoy yur ‘life video’ (whatever that means) on channels..
          I dey laugh o!

        • umolu

          They don’t look good , Maria? Is the well dried up for the bunch of thieves and their holier than thou Otta Farm chief?

  • Wähala

    Don’t mind the Ota Gorilla, Baba Iyabo… he’s at his fossil games again!
    Those PDP goons are not there as his “colleagues” anything, they went to bargain with the old crook on how to salvage the political ahss of Dr. Dumbo. Like I wrote here days ago, Baba is/was planning to release his new book, “My Watch” in which he heavily criticized this Govt. with snippets of his private conversations with Dr. Dumbo. Baba in his book claimed Dumbo once told him, “I don’t care about the war against Boko Haram… they are my enemies killing themselves”. And worse more! So, hiding under what we know already to call people he called “criminals” his “colleagues” is pure hypocritical and evil machination. The empirical data is in the acid test: Baba must release, “My Watch” this December as promised or else he has been bought, and Nigeria is not his to sell after his role in her predicament. Baba Agbaya!

    • tundemash

      I beleive OBJ is playing mind games with Dumbo.
      As far as I am concerned, PDP/Dumbo/OBJ must all be consigned to the dustbin of history come Feb. 2015.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    “Keep your friends close….but remember to keep your enemies closer” .OBJ is of no political value,he is vindictive and unforgiving so this is just a political gimmick !

    • tundemash

      and why does PDP/Dumbo keep begging him ?

      • Adoki Achine

        Why does Tinubu/APC keep running to him?

        • tundemash

          You just corroborated my view that he’s still of political value contrary to the view expressed by e-rat “incomunicado”.

  • Issei

    Look At what Akpabio is saying now,I thought you said Baba is an old fool?Baba may you live longer than all your enemies,Baba you are a true nationalist who believe in Nigeria unity.

  • Olu Ade

    See their faces, Dumbo sycophants. Things fall apart…the center can not hold…

    • Henry Nugwa

      Old picture..how many Governors can you count??
      DUMBO like you!

  • austine007

    Look at these clowns… Coming to Obasanjo to help them capture Lagos State in 2015… If Obasanjo couldn’t capture Lagos in all his 8-years in office, how do you guys think he can help you now? Obasanjo cannot sway the political clock in Nigeria anymore… PDP the ONLY obstacle APC is having is ATIKU, once he (Atiku) steps down for Buhari you guys will be running out of Nigeria before 2015….

    • Adoki Achine

      But the APC people have also been running to him as well. So what are they doing that if he “cannot sway the political clock in Nigeria anymore”. You think you understand politics more than these people?

  • austine007

    Kwankwaso, Atiku and all the Old wines in new skin who are jostling for APC’s Presidential slot please step-down for Buhari! He (Buhari) is the ONLY joker in APC’s kitty. He is the one the common man knows as the man with INTEGRITY among the your lots. Please do not blow this chance of clinching the PRESIDENCY come 2015… Let Buhari emerge your sole candidate this time around… Atiku, Kwankwaso collect the PDP money they gave you guys inorder to disrupt Buharis’ bid and let us vote for this man… Enough is enough!!!

    • umolu

      Well said. The sure way to blow their chance is to put Atiku, the man with more baggage than an airplane, more children than an army platoon and more wives and concubines than Pharoah, the billionaire with no track record other than looting the Nigeria Custom dry.

  • Garden-City Boy

    These are the ones spoiling the old, grouchy benobo.

    • tundemash

      shame on you ….. so Dumbo is still begging the old man ?

      • Garden-City Boy

        Nothing in my post implies that…..jackass.

  • Peter Irene

    The Governors have no problems. They have a lot of stocked-up dollars to last their gran grand grand children. They have looted the country blind. Like their legislative brothers they are above the law. In sane clime most of them would have been in prison by now. Bon appeti

  • favourtalk

    I thought they’v bragged that obasanjo was irrelevant and can do without him in PDP, then why is the sudden change and serious begging before 2015. Sincerely, I want to see GEJ begging like this in january for baba also. Wanna see the end of PDP with laughter. Change everywhere

  • Lams

    If it the visit is to beg Baba to drop his book launch I guess they can forget it…. they better wait for him to do so and send Doyin and co to the media to discredit the book…..if truly is as they said to seek his counsel on happenings he should not get excited… what has happened to all the advises he has given in the past….. GEJ is the president let him come clean by doing what is right by taking us out of the current mess.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    These PDP guys behave like an errant schoolboy who had defied his
    parents’ warning about not studying for his exams. These PDP guys, like
    this errant schoolboy, have realized they had been playing truancy and
    thinking that the end of 4 years would never come! It has now dawned on
    these PDP guys that they have frittered all the opportunity they had to
    cement good governance and make life livable for the ordinary Nigerian
    citizen. They are now running helter-skelter to find a way(s) to redeem
    all these wasted opportunities but you cannot draw back the hands of
    time; it is only like taking a medicine after death. Obasanjo had warned
    them many times but they chose to engage in merenge dance in Kano and
    other parts of the nation. They will have all the time in the world to
    dance merenge dancesteps when they are no longer in power in 2015.

    As far as I know, there’s nothing Obasanjo can do now to save them. And,
    from the look of things, these PDP guys are not even sober for if you
    give them another chance there’s nothing they can do for the good of
    Nigeria; it would be this same type of business as usual; they have
    reached their wit’s end. If another party and new heads could come on
    board in 2015, maybe Nigeria would be delivered from this imminent
    catastrophe waiting to take hold of the nation.

  • Sharia_Haram

    I regret Abacha did not kill OBJ after he was convicted for Coup. Nigerians would have been grateful to Abacha for killing a monster. Now i know Abacha meant good for Nigeria.

    • ICC Hague

      Dont commit suicide because of OBJ, the way God destine for you to see today, that is how He made OBJ to live up till today no shaking. OBJ is doing well for now trying to see that Nigeria is Ebele free.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        ICC Hague, not sure I can read properly for the moment.

        Did you write “Ebele free” or “Ebola free”?

        I am sure you wrote Ebola free!

  • ICC Hague

    Shameless thieves I thought they said OBJ is irrelevant why is he relevant now? See their faces looking very sad, it is dawned on them OBJ will not rescue their oga sinking ship. PDP is finished, Nigerians are tired of your looting and mis governance.

  • austine007

    Atiku, Kwankwaso please step down for Buhari! Let us for once get this right. Tinubu and Co. let Buhari emerge your consensus candidate and let us begin in earnest our campaigns on social media and the likes. Stop stalling justice, truth, fairness and integrity all in the name of Selfish interests… Buhari is the ONLY true change APC has. If Buhari loses APC’s ticket then Jonathan is a sure President come 2015. Remember my warning in 2011… When I warned you guys about fielding Tunde Bakare as Buhari’s running mate, instead of an Ibo running mate. Please don’t blow this chance. We must divide the South East vote by fielding a Vice President from the region. And let South West get SFG or Senate President. Please hear my voice. We cannot underestimate ethnic bigotry in Nigeria’s political terrain today. I have spoken again….

  • austine007

    Just like Shagari and Alex Ekwueme in the 80’s worked… We can repeat it again. Let Buhari emerge sole candidate and let an Ibo Vice President of Buhari’s choice be allowed and then let us see how Jonathan will win….

  • Ette

    May God continue to put them in disarray till they all come to their wit end. Judgment time is here, and wicked PDP must be consigned to the dustbin for all the evils it has done against Nigeria and its people.

  • austine007

    Kwankwaso, Atiku and all the Old wines in new skin who are jostling for APC’s Presidential slot please step-down for Buhari! He (Buhari) is the ONLY joker in APC’s kitty. He is the one the common man knows as the man with INTEGRITY among the your lots. Please do not blow this chance of clinching the PRESIDENCY come 2015… Let Buhari emerge your sole candidate this time around… Atiku, Kwankwaso collect the PDP money they gave you guys inorder to disrupt Buharis’ bid and let us vote for this man… Enough is enough! Allow an Ibo Vice President to run with Buhari and let the South East vote be divided. The South West can get the Senate President or Secretary to the Federal Government. Just like Alex Ekwueme and Shehu Shagari… This will sell easily to all Nigerians. We cannot underestimate ethnicity in Nigerian Politics today. We need to divide all the bloc Vote Jonathan may be counting on. If we fail to bring Buhari as APC’s sole candidate then we are in for a big shock because Jonathan will sail through to Presidency come 2015 because NO other candidate in APC has Buhari’s integrity. All other aPC candidates are OLD WINE IN NEW SKINS… Lets get this right for once please…

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Austine007, which Ndigbo candidate would you pair with GMB, if the decision was yours to make?

      • McAlfred Uta

        Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Forget that he is classified geopolitically as South South hev remains Igbo just like the Yorubas in Edo, Kwara and Kogi.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          I like the reason you gave. It is a new one on me i.e. the South South as Igbo.

          It is indeed true that the Yoruba still see Edo, Kwara and Kogi as part and parcel.

      • austine007

        Your guess Sir! But Buhari should be allowed to make this call…

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          I agree with you, Austine007.

          I had actually opined that if I was GMB and I win the APC ticket, I would simply throw a list of the names I can work with to the public and let them decide for me.

          Reason being that, that would then turn the ticket from being a GMB ticket into the common people’s ticket against the PDP ticket.

  • Maria

    Buari for life!

  • robo

    While some Oil subsidy thieves led NAT are advertising insult on OBJ in today papers more reasonable people are seeking his wisdom to deal with the mess on ground. These people wish our dear President well more these nzegbu nzegbu led NAT ( if you like read in reverse)

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