President Olusegun Obasanjo dislike associating with corruption, OluFamous.Com observed. And he has demonstrated this strong character in his fall out with Ogun PDP strongman, Buruji Kashamu.
Anyway, there are strong indications that Olusegun may have warned the All Progressives Congress not to field former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku as its flagbearer in the 2015 elections.
Obasanjo, during the visit by APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to his residence in Abeokuta, was said to have warned the leading opposition party against fielding an “unclean vessel” as its presidential candidate for the 2015 election.
A credible source said, “Chief Obasanjo appreciated Tinubu’s visit to his home, but specifically warned the APC to shut its door against ‘unclean vessel’.
“Chief Obasanjo reiterated his refusal to join the APC when Tinubu visited him in his Abeokuta residence, but warned the party to beware of Atiku…
“The former President appreciated the move by the APC to find out what he knew about two of the APC aspirants seeking the party’s presidential ticket. He was happy that the party consulted him over whom to pick as its presidential candidate. The former President gave detailed information on the APC presidential aspirants to Tinubu.”
The impeccable source, who was at the meeting but did not want his name mentioned, told Punch that last week’s visit by Tinubu to Obasanjo was meant to remind the former President of the need to support the APC to realise its ambition of winning next year’s presidential election.
But Atiku’s media aide, Garba Shehu, said he was not aware of such comments by Obasanjo against the former vice-presiden.
Shehu, who said that Atiku had consulted relevant stakeholders on his plan to become Nigeria’s president next year, said, “You can quote me; we are not in any way aware of such comment. What I can say is that the former vice-president has written a letter to his former boss, respectfully informing him of his wish to bid for the APC ticket.”
He also said that Atiku had sent similar letters to other Nigerians.
“These letters, which were personally signed, had gone to thousands of other Nigerians, including politicians, traditional and religious leaders as well as friendly-diplomatic missions.”
Senate President David Mark and Tinubu had last Friday held separate closed-door meetings with Obasanjo. Both Mark and the former Lagos State governor said the issues discussed at the meetings held at the Obasanjo’s Hilltop residence in Abeokuta centred on the state of the nation.
Tinubu on his part, told journalists that he discussion with Obasanjo on “some of his former boys” who would vie for elective positions in the 2015 general elections, especially the Presidency.