On Friday, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, publicly reacted to the special statement by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo asking Pres. Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office.
His verdict: Obasanjo was simply playing politics.
Tinubu’s response came during a visit to Owerri where he met with the Imo Gov. Rochas Okorocha, in the company of the former APC national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
Tinubu deflected on speaking about the substance of Obasanjo’s statement. He did not say if he agreed with Obasanjo’s argument or not. His only point was that Obasanjo ought to have discussed with Pres. Buhari privately rather than release a public statement.
“They both had the same background. So, I believe that would have been the conversation of retired military heads of State. They have unfettered access to each other, either through the Council of State or via any other means. He could see the President privately.
“He (Obasanjo) was also his (Buhari) senior in the army. I think Obasanjo was playing politics with the public letter. That is all I see. They also met at the African Union meeting. He has a way of discussing with the President any time he want,” Tinubu said.
On Obasanjo’s call for a coalition of Nigerians to take power from both the PDP and APC, Tinubu was also silent. He said the time is not yet appropriate to speak on that.
The visit on Friday was Tinubu’s first visit to Imo since 2015. Last year, the former Lagos governor came under criticism from Gov. Okorocha, who was angry that Tinubu brushed off the public endorsement of Buhari’s reelection by APC governors.
Tinubu is also expected to visit Anambra state where Nigeria’s former Vice president Alex Ekwueme is being buried this weekend.