National leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu and former Interim national chairman, Bisi Akande, left the presidential villa on Tuesday without speaking to State House Correspondents. The duo sneaked out of the villa in tinted vehicles after a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The were ushered away to their waiting vehicles by security officials who shielded them form journalists. The APC chieftains arrived the premises at 3:50pm and left at about 5:00pm.
The meeting held a few hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo advised Buhari not to run in 2019. Newsmen, who had been on alert to interview Tinubu and Akande on their discussion with Buhari as well as Obasanjo’s letter, were left disappointed. Meanwhile, the Presidency is maintaining sealed lips on Obasanjo’s position. Presidential aide on media, Garba Shehu said the media team “won’t comment now”.
The former leader, in his letter, promoted what may become a political party, Coalition for Nigeria, CN. “I, therefore, will gladly join such a Movement when one is established as Coalition for Nigeria, CN, taking Nigeria to the height God has created it to be. From now on, the Nigeria eagle must continue to soar and fly high”, he said. “CN, as a Movement, will be new, green, transparent and must remain clean and always active, selflessly so.” Obasanjo also lambasted the ruling APC and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), insisting that they cannot solve Nigeria’s problems.