Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has come down hard on persons claiming to be insiders at the meeting he had with the presidential standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
A statement by Kehinde Akinyemi, Chief Press Secretary to Obasanjo, apparently referring to a story credited to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, said the Speaker’s account of what purportedly transpired was not helpful to Tinubu.
Despite reaching an agreement that their brotherly discussions should not be made public through the press, Gbajabiamila had joyfully breached the trust by making statements in the press on the meeting.
The statement said that the statements coming from those claiming to be supporters of Tinubu were “unhelpful.”
Obasanjo’s spokesperson said the discussion during the visit was “more brotherlythan political”, and that at the request of Tinubu, Chief Obasanjo agreed to “no statement from either side.”
He quoted Obasanjo to have said “Those claiming to be insiders at the meeting issuing statement on the discussion and those crediting to me statement I had not made are enemies of the visitor and are not doing the visit any good.”
Recall that Tinubu and some APC chieftains had visited Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Wednesday.
Tinubu was accompanied by two former governors of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former interim national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others.
Both Obasanjo and Tinubu refused to address the media after the meeting.
But barely 24 hours after the meeting, Gbajabiamila spoke about what transpired during the meeting between Obasanjo and Tinubu.
He said Obasanjo made encouraging statements about Tinubu’s aspiration and even prayed for the APC presidential candidate.
His words: “When we were going to Obasanjo’s house, we were eight, including Asiwaju Tinubu and me; we didn’t want many people to know about the meeting. So, we were to meet Obasanjo and five others from his side.
“But when we eventually got there, we met something pleasantly shocking: a mammoth crowd of our supporters were already at the former president’s house waiting for us.
“So, Obasanjo told Asiwaju Tinubu to pick three people from his side and that he would pick three from his side to meet behind close doors. So, I, Chief Osoba and Chief Akande and Asiwaju went from our side. My people, what I heard there, what Obasanjo said, the victory of Asiwaju is assured.
“Obasanjo spoke at length and we were all happy. He embraced our candidate like a brother, gave him a pat on the back, and prayed for him copiously.”