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#2023: Days After Meeting Obasanjo, Tinubu Visits Jonathan, Seeks Support

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The All Progressives Congress (APC0 presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has visited former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, as part of his nationwide consultation with critical stakeholders ahead of the 2023 elections.

Tinubu, who is a former governor of Lagos State met with Jonathan on Tuesday night, August 30, 2022, at the latter’s residence and was accompanied by his running mate, Kashim Shettima, and five APC governors, among others, on the visit.

According to a source, the brief meeting gave the leaders the opportunity to discuss various national issues and the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

Tinubu, after the brief meeting, was quoted as saying that he was on a courtesy visit to the former president being a former leader and one of the critical stakeholders in the Nigeria project.

According to the source, Tinubu told Jonathan of his presidential ambition and sought his support.

Those who accompanied the APC presidential candidate included governors Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Bello Matawale of Zamfara, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, among others.

The source pointed out that the meeting was part of efforts by Tinubu to get the support of all critical stakeholders for his presidential ambition.

“Truly, Jonathan was at home with us. He was very receptive. You know the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) no longer accords him that respect.

“He is more comfortable with us. He is happy that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu visited him, he is at home with his aspirations,” the source said.

The meeting came days after Tinubu had met with another former president in the person of Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

He was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, Segun Osoba, and other Ogun government functionaries.

Prior to that day, the duo of Tinubu and Obasanjo have not been in the same accord politically.

The first time the former Lagos State Governor visited Obasanjo after they both left office was in the buildup to the 2015 presidential election when he escorted the then APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari to Obasanjo’s residence.

He was also at the 78th birthday of the former President held at Abeokuta in March 2015.

The two of them have since kept their distance as Obasanjo withdrew his support for President Buhari and the APC, which he supported to power by tearing his card as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It would be recalled that Tinubu had a running battle with Obasanjo when they were Governor and President respectively.

Obasanjo, for several months, withheld the monthly allocations of local governments in Lagos State because Tinubu insisted on creating local council development areas in the state.

In an effort to get the funds, Tinubu had dragged Obasanjo and the Federal Government to court.

However, the late Umar Yar’adua administration reportedly paid off the funds to the Lagos State Government.

On his 78th birthday in 2015, Tinubu recalled how he was sent out of Aso Rock by Obasanjo when he paid him a visit.

“I went to the (Aso Rock) Villa, the President, Olusegun Obasanjo, asked me to walk out and was just abusing me in the papers and I said, “Baba, you are a tenant here. This house belongs to Nigeria. If I get to Ota, you can send me out. I brought a file about Nigeria. And he said that is true, sit down,” Tinubu spoke of the frosty relationship between him and Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007.

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