Both leaders meet in closed doors for the first time since 2015
Politics Nigeria has gotten reliable information on the meeting between two former presidents, Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo. Both leaders met on Friday to reconcile and mend their strained relationship.
It was gathered that the ex-presidents held a meeting that lasted several hours in Ibogun-Olaogun, the ancestral hometown of chief Obasanjo. They took a stroll round the village holding hands before being treated to a good meal.
Jonathan arrived Ibogun-Olaogun in company with a former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki, and one of his childhood friend whom sources identified simply as “Turner.”
A private helicopter conveyed the trio to the OBJ’s village, arriving at about 11 a.m. to meet the Ebora Owu who earlier drove there from his home in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Ibogun-Olaogun is in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Obasanjo took Jonathan around the village, introducing him to community leaders.
Before both men went behind closed-doors for a meeting, Turaki told Obasanjo that Jonathan had visited former Nigerian leaders, including Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida recently and had planned to visit Obasanjo during the Christmas holidays.
“He said since he was unable to make it to Baba’s place around Christmas period, he had to find time to do so before January ends,He believes it’s better late than never.”
It is not exactly clear what both men discussed during their closed-door meeting. It ended around 4:00 p.m.
It can be recalled that Jonathan fell out with OBJ shortly before the 2015 general election, with Obasanjo publicly shredding his Peoples Democratic Party membership card.
This closed door meeting is the first Jonathan has had with Obasanjo since their quarrel in 2015.