Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday night, held a crucial meeting in Lagos State, to perfect strategies for the forthcoming elections.
The meeting came on the heels of the call by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, on the General Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee, the United Nations, and all World Leaders, to call President Muhammadu Buhari to order, insisting that there is no way free and fair elections could be guaranteed, when his niece, Mrs. Amina Zakari, is heading the Collation of the Presidential election results.
The over 3-hours meeting, which was held behind closed-door, at the Lekki Phase 1 Estate residence of renowned South-West Leader and Afenifere Chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had other prominent Politicians in attendance.
A source at the meeting said: “It was a strategy meeting towards 2019, and how to give the country a fresh direction.”
According to him: “The discussion is not about South-West alone; it was a broad-based political arrangement that covers every part of Nigeria. It was a national thing. The basic concern is about how to give Nigeria a new lease of life, by enthroning a leadership that will give the citizenry better lives.”
Apart from Obasanjo, Atiku, and Saraki, others present at the meeting were: Chief Olabode George, former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke; National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin; and former University Lecturer and Yoruba leader, Prof. Banji Akintoye.
The only person in Obasanjo’s entourage, was former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
After a similar meeting in Lagos State, on July 3, 2018, Akintoye had said that Obasanjo’s visit was to look for ways to stop Buhari, insisting that, if he does not go now on his own, the electorate would stop him this year.