Chris Steven, Abuja
Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress says his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari was not connected with the letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari over his poor performance in office so far.
Former President Obasanjo, in a statement released today urged President Buhari to abandon the idea of seeking re-election in 2019.
In the diatribe, which he entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, Obasanjo claimed Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the horse”.
He slammed Buhari for turning a blind eye to corruption within his government saying it amounted to condonation and cover-up saying whoever is “going to justice must be with clean hands.”
He also berated Buhari for allowing the clashes between herdsmen and farmers to go “sour” and messy saying the endorsement of the President by some governors to seek re-election barely 24 hours after 73 people who were killed by herdsmen in Benue State were given mass burial was “a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Tunde Rahman of Tinubu’s Media Office said the visit by Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State, to the Presidential Villa was scheduled since last week.
Rahman said President Buhari periodically schedules talks with Tinubu and Baba Akande, as he does with other Nigerians and APC figures.
He said such meetings was to discuss substantive issues pertaining to the governance of the country and matters concerning the party
”President Buhari periodically schedules talks with Asiwaju Tinubu and Baba Akande, as he does with other Nigerians and APC figures, to discuss substantive issues pertaining to the governance of the country and matters concerning the party.
”This visit was one of such meetings. As such, the meeting had nothing to do with the statement of former President Obasanjo.
”It is totally unconnected. At the time of the meeting, Tinubu and Baba Akande were even unaware that President Obasanjo had released his statement,” Rahman said.