Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday met privately with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Newsberg gathered that Atiku who was Obasanjo’s anointed candidate for the election, arrived Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, around 1:00 pm, observed his prayer at the mosque within the sprawling OOPL facility then had lunch with his host before leaving quietly.
Details of what transpired behind the two leaders were not made public but Obasanjo’s spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, confirmed the meeting took place.
According to him, “Abubakar arrived at about 12:00pm, had a closed session with Obasanjo and came out at about 1:00pm; observed his Islamic prayers and lunch before taking his leave at about 2:00pm”.
The meeting came barely three weeks after the former VP lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the election.
Although not much information was made public, many political observers believe the duo met to discuss the outcome of the Presidential elections and the way forward.
Recall, that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, had granted the PDP and Atiku, permission to inspect the electoral materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the conduct of the 2019 Presidential election, to enable them file their petition against the outcome of the poll.
The Justice Abdul Aboki-led Tribunal, also granted access to President Muhammadu Buhari, and his party, to inspect same materials. The party through their Lawyers, moved their separate exparte motions to enable them defend themselves in any petition which the runner-up in the poll, Atiku Abubakar, and his party, has filed.
In a related development, the ruling APC and the opposition parties returned to the trenches over the composition of the members of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The tribunal’s members, which the opposition under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), alleged were handpicked by the APC, will entertain the suit filed against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election by the opposion PDP.
CUPP fired the first shot when it claimed to have intercepted a “five-man list of the justices of the Court of Appeal” approved by the appellate court president with the endorsement of the APC to hear Atiku’s petition where he challenged the validity of the results of the Saturday, February 23, 2019, presidential election.
The APC, in its swift and sharp response, said that the allegations ran foul of common sense and demonstrated the authors’ poor understanding of the workings of the country’s judiciary.
In a statement CUPP issued through its spokesman, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, the coalition claimed that the approved list which it intercepted during its conveyance from the Presidential Villa back to the Court of Appeal was drawn from a list of eight justices submitted for approval.