Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed what happened at the meeting between former president Olusegun Obasanjo and All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
According to Gbajabiamila, the former President gave Tinubu a victory guarantee in 2023 during the meeting.
Though the former governor of Lagos State declined to talk with reporters, specifics of the private meeting were speculated to connect to Tinubu’s presidential campaign and his desire for Obasanjo’s support.
But according to Gbajabiamila, who spoke at the APC Surulere Local Government Area gathering in Surulere, Lagos, Tinubu’s presidency was nearly a certainty given what he heard there.
The Speaker was there when the two leaders met behind closed doors in Abeokuta.
He said: “When we went 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 closed 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.”
In the meantime, the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Our Choice 2023, BATOC23, recently revealed that Senator Kashim Shettima, the APC’s vice presidential candidate, is a worthy choice for the party due to his family history.
In a statement by the group’s Director of Media and Publicity and the Director General, Mr Abimbola Tooki and Dr Isiaka Owoade, respectively, the group said: “As a former governor, he was able to make his mark despite the challenges of insecurity. A crisis is the truest test of a man’s ability, and Shettima proved his mettle.
“Serving his people in the Senate, he, Shettima, didn’t disappoint the electorate because he could fulfil his key campaign promises. One of the great things for which Senator Shettima would be remembered is that he handed over the State to a competent and a worthy successor in the person of Prof. Babagana Zulum.”