As the plot to unseat President Goodluck Jonathan in the next elections thickens, Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the other leaders of his party, the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) have begged former President, Chief Olusegun to be their navigator.
Speaking during a much-publicized meeting with the PDP Chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said “You have come out of tribulation and held the highest position in this country. We are here because of your courage and salient points. Nobody can say he has information more than you,”
“You have surmounted a number of crises. Nigeria is divided more than before. To realize a stable Nigeria, we want to encourage you to continue to speak the truth. We have resolved and determined to rescue Nigeria. We want you to be our navigator” .
APC ‘s Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande in his own remarks stated that the party’s visit was to show support for the 18-page letter the former President fired to the current President which has sparked debates across the country.
According to Chief Akande “We have come to introduce our party to you; we are in the support of the 18-page letter written to Jonathan, you are capable”.
Speaking on behalf of governors, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, urged the former president to be upright.
In his words “You should be upright on the issue of Nigeria. Many of the governors passed through your political school, the battle is for the generation on board. It is a task that must be done”.
Responding, Obasanjo declared that the APC has been enhancing democracy in Nigeria through its reactions to issues.
The former president begged the opposition party to play politics without bitterness.
He, however, turned down the request to become a member of the APC. ” I am a card carrying member of the PDP but the politics I play traverses Nigeria, Africa and world in that order,”Obasanjo said.
” 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 democracy.
“As an opposition, you are enhancing democracy, you are at home, you are welcome to being at home. As time goes on, I will just appeal that the politics you play is politics without rancour, without bitterness, with decency, that has Nigeria at heart. I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria. I am totally committed to Nigeria and nothing will divert me from that commitment”.
Obasanjo declared himself as a political father who has no rival, saying, “In whichever party, for whatever office that contested or aspired in Nigeria since 1999, such a person, young or old man or woman can claim to be my political child and I can claim to be by virtue of the political office I have held. I can also claim to be political father; so, you are here and you are welcome”.
Apart from Tinubu and Akande, those at the meeting included former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari; former Borno State governor, Alhaji Kawu Baraje (Chairman, nPDP), Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff; Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Murtala Nyako, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Governor Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Governor Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).