Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu, on Friday, separately held private meetings with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo at the latter’s Hilltop house in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State. While Tinubu was mute over discussions he had with Obasanjo, Atiku hinged it on happenings in the country. In Atiku’s company were a former Minister of Education, Babalola Aborishade, his presidential campaign director; with whom he served in Obasanjo’s government, and an associate of Obasanjo, Oyewole Fasawe. The meeting lasted for 30 minutes.
Atiku also had a few of his supporters hanging and praising him outside of Obasanjo’s home. Atiku later emerged to tell journalists he discussed the state of the nation with Obasanjo and stated their relationship had become chummy. Atiku fell out of love for Obasanjo, owing to his aspiration to succeed him in 2003. He eventually conceded to remain Obasanjo’s deputy, but the two never became friends again till the end of their tenure in 2007. Obasanjo equally opposed Atiku’s move to become president in 2007 after he defected to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and became the party’s presidential candidate. Obasanjo backed late President Umaru Yar’Adua instead.
From Obasanjo’s residence, Atiku met with Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, where he expressed regret over the defection of former Ogun Governor Olusegun Osoba, along with the three senators and House of Representatives members loyal to him to the Social Democratic Party, SDP. Atiku headed the party’s reconciliation committee set up to settle the rift between the aggrieved members and Amosun.