The former Vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar on Thursday had a closed door meeting with his former boss, Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo. The meeting was held in Abeokuta, home of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Atiku, who recently emerged PDP candidate, went to convince the former president to support his ambition.
Atiku was vice president when Mr Obasanjo ruled Nigeria between 1999 and 2007. However, both men later fell out, with Mr Obasanjo vowing never to support Mr Abubakar’s presidential ambition. He said that God will not forgive him if he put Abubakar forward. If you missed, read our previous post here.
On Thursday October 11, however, the former vice president arrived Mr Obasanjo’s home at about 1:12 p.m.
He was accompanied on the visit by the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and the Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Gbenga Daniel.
Mr Abubakar is expected to be the main challenger to President Muhamamdu Buhari in next year’s election.
“I have forgiven him”
Here are six key things that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo said during his press conference after close-door meeting with his former Vice President now PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar
- He referred to Atiku as the President-to-be
- He said Atiku has shown remorse, asked for forgiveness and has indicated that he has learnt some good lessons.
- He said as a Christian, he has forgiven him wholeheartedly.
- He said there are still areas, nationally and internationally, where Atiku has to mend fences and make amends and that Atiku will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition. Obasanjo also said if Atiku is remorseful and has a contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared
- Obasanjo said from what he personally knows of Atiku, he has the capacity to perform better than the incumbent, President Buhari and that Atiku surely understand the economy better; has business experience, which can make his administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.
- He said Insha-Allah, Atiku will become Nigeria’s next President.