File picture.Former Vice President Atiku and former President Obasanjo at a previous meeting

Nigeria: OBJ meets Atiku, charges Oyo governor elect to uphold true tenets of Democracy in his administration

By Teslim Olawore

File picture.Former Vice President Atiku and former President Obasanjo at a previous meeting
File picture.Former Vice President Atiku and former President Obasanjo at a previous meeting

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has met with former vice president and the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor elect.

The duo accompanied by some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had on Thursday visited Obasanjo at his residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.

The former president in his advice to the governor-elect, urged him to shun running a selfish government.

According to reports, Atiku arrived the Library at around 1:00pm and left one hour after.

Kehinde Akinyemi, media aide to Obasanjo confirmed the visit, and described the meeting as private. However, Obasanjo spoke on the meeting in a statement issued by Akinyemi.

Some Chieftains of the PDP, including the former deputy chairman (South) of the party, Chief Olabode George, were also present at the meeting.

Akinyemi said Obasanjo tasked Makinde to jettison a democratic system that promotes personal gains for a true democratic system.

Obasanjo said, “Be transparent and embark on developmental projects, which would be a delight to the people of Oyo state.

“Please, run a government that will be making them to ask, where have this type of government been all this years in Oyo state.

“You must give them something positive, you must give them good democracy and not that one, my younger brothers will call pocketing democracy.

“Where there is a misunderstanding, call yourselves together and make peace in the overall interest of Oyo state.

“He cannot do it alone and since you have supported him now, you should continue to be together.

“You should be mindful that Oyo people are fearless and they don’t mind whose horse is gored, that is why you are there now.”

Makinde speaking on the meeting in a statement, said that the meeting was to appreciate and seek for wisdom from the elder statesman.

He admitted that the state was in a bad shape, and as such he was taking what Baba had told him with all vigour by going to work immediately.

The statement read “He had warned against corruption and transparency. We are very much aware of this too.

“With God, Oyo state will never be the same again. This is the type of visit that will give us the needed tonic to forge ahead positively in Oyo state.”

 

 

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