By Tunji Bosun
House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal today held a closed door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence in Abeokuta, where he declared that he was still in the Peoples Democratic Party.
The closed door meeting, which commenced immediately Tambuwal arrived Obasanjo’s residence at 10: 35 am and ended 11: 42 am was not unconnected with the political situation in the country.
Tambuwal was accompanied with three members of the House including Deputy Minority Leader Kawu Sumaila, Aminu Shagari and Ajibola Muraina from Oyo State.
He said his visit to Obasanjo was to consult with him on national interest.
When asked whether he was contemplating dumping PDP for the All Progressives Congress, Tambuwal said: “I am just visiting our national leader of PDP; myself and Baba are in PDP”.
He fielded questions from journalists on a number of issues.
On the suspension of former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Tambuwal described the development as a bad signal.
He said: “Whether it is lawful, legal or illegal, the personality involved has told everybody that he is going to court and I believe he is already in court on that suspension.
“On the implications of the suspension on the economy, I am not an economist, but I personal feel that it will definitely send wrong signals to investors because we need to have confidence in the financial institutions particularly the independence of financial institutions of a country before foreign investors may consider such a country worthy of their investments, I have my concern about that”.
While justifying his visit to the former president, Tambuwal said: “Baba Obasanjo is a leader not only in Nigeria but in Africa and it is only appropriate for us in positions of authority and leadership to occasionally come and consult Baba on matters of national interest and that is what we are here for today.
“There are lots of issues in Nigeria today. Of course there is the issue of PIB that we are considering in the House; we are doing constitution amendment in the House and a host of other very key and important legislations that are before the parliament, so we needed to consult our leaders on such very important and vital legislations that are before us before we conclude what we are doing on them.”