The All Progressives Congress, APC, has disclosed why its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo sometime last year in August.
The party said Tinubu visited the former president to extend an olive branch in light of their acrimonious relationship over the years,noting that it was a diplomatic visit.
This was disclosed on Monday by the spokesman for the Tinubu/Shettima PCC, Kehinde Bamgbetan while featuring on the Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Recall that Obasanjo had, in a New Year message to Nigerians, endorsed Obi, amongst other presidential candidates for the 2023 election, citing a track record of ability and performance.
The former president also said age and physical and mental disposition favour Obi more than other frontline candidates.
The development has been greeted with divergent views with the ruling and major opposition party downplaying the significance of the endorsement.
Reacting to the endorsement, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, jsaid Obasanjo’s endorsement does not reflect the wishes of most Nigerians.
Atiku spoke on Sunday through the spokesperson for his Presidential Campaign Council.
His counterpart, APC’s Bola Tinubu, said the endorsement of Obi by Obasanjo was worthless.
Tinubu said Obasanjo lacked any political goodwill or leverage in Nigeria to make Obi win the presidential election.
But while defending its candidate’s previous visit to Obasanjo, APC said it was for show of peace.
“That is what you call diplomacy with elder statesmen. It’s a normal diplomatic move that will show that you’re not out to fight anybody, Bamgbetan said.