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Atiku, Makinde In Closed-Door Meeting With Obasanjo

Former vice president and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; and governor-elect in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde,  held separate closed-door meetings with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday .

Our correspondent gathered that Atiku arrived at Obasanjo Presidential Library around 1pm  and spent one hour with his former boss.

Obasanjo’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, confirmed the meeting.

Akinyemi, however, described the meeting as private.

However, a source at the meeting told our correspondent that Atiku came to seek further advice from Obasanjo on the next step to take after his loss at the poll.

Meanwhile, Makinde  and Obasanjo held another closed-door meeting two hours after Atiku  had left.

Makinde was  reported to have arrived Obasanjo’s residence around 4pm and went straight to the inner room of the former President.

The duo later emerged from the closed-door meeting and held another meeting with some chieftains of the PDP, including the former deputy chairman (South) of the party, Chief Olabode George.

According to a statement by Obasanjo’s media aide, his boss warned the governor-elect in Oyo State against running a selfish government.

“Please, run a government that will be make them ask, ‘Where has this type of government been all this years in Oyo State?’

“You must give them something positive; you must give them good democracy and not that one my younger brothers will call pocketing democracy,” the statement quoted Obasanjo as saying.

The governor-elect reportedly said the visit was to appreciate and seek wisdom from the elder statesman.

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About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.