Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, claims that while he has a national agenda for the country, he has no preferred candidate for the 2022 presidential race.
When Obasanjo visited General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state, on Sunday at the Uphill in Minna, Niger State, he made the statement.“I don’t have a special candidate,” he said. “I have a national agenda”.
Continuing, he said: “I have come to see my brother who was a bit indisposed, and when he was abroad, I had wanted to visit him, and the day I arrived in London to visit him was the day he left.”
The statesmen earlier had a closed-door meeting which lasted for about 30 minutes. Obasanjo insists he does not have a preferred candidate for next year’s poll.
The meeting with prominent individuals and politicians that Obasanjo had on Sunday is the most recent in a string of recent encounters.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu was hosted by Obasanjo earlier in the month at his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Obasanjo described the gathering as “more brotherly than political.”
A few days later, in London, United Kingdom, he met with Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) candidate for president, and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike. The meeting’s specifics were kept a secret, although reports indicate that the focus of the discussions was the poll for the next year.
Following the meeting, Governor Wike re-echoed Obasanjo’s comment, saying his consultations – including a meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flagbearer Atiku Abubakar – are in Nigeria’s interest.
“What we are talking about is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not a parochial thing – being centred on a person or group of persons,” the governor said Friday at the VIP Lounge of the Port Harcourt International Airport following his arrival in the country.
“We believe that what is going on will be in the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day. Consultation is still ongoing. Nothing we have said now has been concretised. Discussions are going on.”