Reasons Of My Meeting With Obasanjo- Saraki

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki stormed Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, Friday and held a closed door meeting with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence.

The meeting which lasted for two hours commenced immediately Saraki who came with some of his supporters and colleagues in the Senate arrived at 9:10am and ended at 11:10 am.

From right; Alhaji Danjumu Goje, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Alhaji Sanni Yerima during a visit to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for Former President of Nigeria at his Hill Top Mansion, Abeokuta on Friday
Saraki emerged from the meeting which had in attendance former acting national Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Kawu Baraje , former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governors of Zamfara and Gombe states; Ahmed Yerima and Danjuma Goje who are now Senators.

Other prominent personalities who were on Saraki’s entourage include; Senator Andy Uba and Senator Tayo Alasoadura .

The closed door meeting with Obasanjo, according to findings was not unconnected with the circumstances that surrounded his emergence as the Senate President.

Though, the content of the meeting was not disclosed, a source at the meeting hinted our correspondent that, Saraki came to seek support of Obasanjo.

After the meeting, Obasanjo posed for pictures with Saraki and others, but, did not grant any interview with newsmen who had besieged his residence.

While fielding questions from newsmen, Saraki said his visit to Obasanjo was for consultation and to tap from the wisdom of the former President.

When asked why he was at Obasanjo’s residence, Bukola Saraki replied “I’m here with some of my colleagues. Since I’ve been the Senate President, as one of our fathers, the former president, we are here to pay our homage to him, to seek his advice, to get his blessing and also to consult. We all know President Obasanjo’s value to this country and we are here to tap from his wisdom and that knowledge and that experience”.

On the crisis between him and his party , Saraki said “as you can see, things are moving smoothly. Definitely, be rest assured that all that would be put behind us very shortly. We are very confident about that”.

On his view over the planned downward review of legislators’ salaries and allowances, the Senate President said “Well, I think already that is in progress. If you remember last time, it was about N150billion and it’s coming down to N120billion.

I think the situation in the country deserves that every public servant must make sacrifices and whatever sacrifice that is necessary, we will do it. And that is being done. So, be rest assured that we are sensitive, we are aware of the situation in the country and if we are going to lead, we must lead by example. And we would do that”.


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