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I Have Cordial Relationship with Obasanjo – Atiku. … Condem Osoba’s defection to SDP

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Obasanjo In Separate Meetings with Atiku, Tinubu

By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former Vice – President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, visited his ex – boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in his home town Abeokuta, private mansion on Presidential Hilltop Estate, saying his relationship with the former president is very cordial, as “Ogun state remains my second home”.
The former Vice – President who is now a presidential aspirant for the 2015 general elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC), said he is greatly indebted to Obasanjo and Ogun State for playing major roles in reaching the height he attained today.

“Ogun State made me to become who I am today, I started Custom service here in Ogun State, I also met my wife in the state and its Ogun State son that made me what I became in politics, being the vice president for good eight years”.
Atiku also met with Governor Ibikunle Amosun and some APC leaders in the state.
He arrived Obasanjo’s home with his entourage comprising his Director of Campaign Organisation, Prof. Babalola Borisade, among others and some politicians. He had a 55 – minute private meeting with the ex -president.
Earlier in the day, the National Leader of APC and Lagos State former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, also visited Obasanjo in Abeokuta and had a separate closed-door meeting with him too.
It was not clear what the duo of Tinubu and Oni discussed during their about three-hour meeting with Obasanjo.
Tinubu and Oni drove away without speaking to reporters who had laid siege for them.
But fielding questions from reporters shortly after his meeting with Obasanjo, Atiku said he discussed with his former boss on issues bordering on the state of the nation.
He lamented the defection of former Governor Olusegun Osoba from APC to the Social Democratic Party(SDP), saying it is “regrettable and unfortunate.”
The APC presidential aspirant
expressed confidence that reconciliation between Osoba and Amosun is still possible, even as he noted that the purchase of presidential nomination form for House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal by some people is a good omen.
Atiku said: “First and formost, I came to pay my respect to my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, and we discussed the state of the nation generally and our relationship is extremely cordial.
On Osobs, he said “I’m the Chairman of the South-west reconciliation Committee (of APC) but we also had to set up an elder sub-committee of that committee to try and see if there will be what I called an internal reconciliation before the bigger committee looks at the reconciliation process.
“His leaving APC for SDP is regrettable, unfortunate but I believe it is a situation that is still reconciliable. This is a situation that has been going on for some time and we have not given up.Also speaking earlier at Oke -Mosan Governor’s Office, Atiku spoke of long years connection with Ogun State and its people and how that had shaped his life.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, my life itself started in Ogun State because my career in civil service, as you know started on the border town in Idi-Iroko.
“At that time, that was the only official border town between Nigerian and Republic of Benin and the rest of West Africa, then Badagry entry point was not even in existence and Idi-Iroko was my first duty post and it was that place that afforded me the opportunity to meet my wife and I married here.
 “I am not a stranger in this state, I have traversed the length and breath of this state, it was very peaceful, very calm, it was a such a wonderful experience. As far as I am concerned. To me, this place is home and the people of this state are brothers and sisters to me.
“But also come to think of it,  the man who made it possible for me through the work of God to have a national exposure in position of leadership is also from Ogun State.”.
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