Sunday, December 22, 2013
UPDATE: Obasanjo Says APC Is The Best Thing For Nigeria
Nigeria's leading opposition party the All Progressives Congress, APC,
when the top national leaders and governors of the party visited him,
in his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
APC leader, Bola Tinubu, appealed to Obasanjo to join them in the
mission to rescue Nigeria:
"You've come out of tribulation and held the highest position in this
country. We are here because of your courage. Nobody can say he has
information more than you. You have surmounted a number of crises.
Nigeria is divided more than before; to realise stable Nigeria, we
want to encourage you to continue to speak the truth. We're resolved
and determined to rescue Nigeria. We want you as navigator."
The APC leaders and governors at the meeting solicited Obasanjo's
support in the forthcoming elections.
Presenting the party chieftains and governors to Obasanjo at the
opening of the meeting, Bisi Akande said the APC is in support of the
former president's 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan.
The APC national leader, Tinubu who alluded to Obasanjo's contribution
to the building of the Nigerian nation, lamented that the country is
divided under President Jonathan more than ever.
I hear Gen Muhammadu Buhari was encouraged to work closely with
Obasanjo on all issues.
Responding, Obasanjo described himself as an "incurable optimist" who
is committed to the good of Nigeria. He vowed that nothing would
distract him from his commitment to the Nigerian nation.
The former president said, "I am a card carrying member of the PDP but
the politics I play traverses Nigeria, Africa and world in that order.
I am a democrat and one of the essential ingredients of democracy is
opposition. A democracy that has no opposition built into it is not
"As an opposition, you are enhancing democracy. You are at home, you
At the end of their meeting, one of those present, Fani-Kayode told
Punch that, "The ex-president told us that APC has taken the first
step in the right direction towards making Nigeria great. It was an