2019: Atiku, Obasanjo, Saraki, Others Hold Closed-Door Meeting In Lagos

2019: Atiku, Obasanjo, Saraki, Others Hold Closed-Door Meeting In Lagos

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on January 7, 2019
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, during Atiku’s visit to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday, November 14, 2014. | Atiku Campaign Organization
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, during Atiku’s visit to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday, November 14, 2014. | Atiku Campaign Organization

With about a month to the 2019 presidential election, former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and other notable politicians on Sunday, January 6, 2019 held a closed-door meeting in Lagos to perfect strategies to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in the polls

According to Thisday, the meeting came on the heels of the calls to ensure free and fair elections especially as the President’s niece, Mrs. Amina Zakari, is heading the collation of presidential election results.

The meeting which was held at the Lekki Phase I Estate residence of renowned South-west leader and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo lasted for over three hours.

According to a source at the meeting who spoke anonymously, “It was a strategy meeting towards 2019 and how to give the country a fresh direction.

“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.”

Obasanjo has been the arrowhead among those opposed to the second term ambition of Buhari and has maintained a cordial relationship with some leaders across the country to actualize his determination.

Other chieftains present at the meeting included Chief Olabode George, former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke; National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin; and former university teacher and Yoruba leader, Prof. Banji Akintoye and former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

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