Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, met again in Abuja on Wednesday.
There were reports this week that Obasanjo is being persuaded to adopt Atiku as his preferred candidate for 2019 presidential elections where the both of them are once again actively participating. While Atiku has thrown his hat in the ring as an aspirant in the PDP; Obasanjo is championing the Coalition for Nigeria, a third force which opposes both the PDP and APC.
Their meeting however did not have anything to do with their 2019 objectives. It was a chance meeting at an event by the Gusau Institute on ‘A New Era for China-Africa Cooperation’ which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The Gusau Institute was founded by Aliyu Gusau, a retired Lieutenant General who was former National Security Adviser (under Ibrahim Babangida, Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan), and Minister of Defence (under Jonathan). He also ran for president under the PDP platform in the run up to the 2011 elections. He however stepped down for a Northern Consensus candidate in the person of Atiku Abubakar.
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