Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday lashed out at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, for allegedly misleading the public about the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s recent visit to Obasanjo’s Abeokuta residence.
This comes as a statement credited to Speaker Gbajabiamila surfaced, alleging that the former president tactically endorsed Tinubu’s presidential bid.
However, Obasanjo countered the claims saying the meeting between him and the APC presidential candidate was purely “brotherly than political”.
A statement issued in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president characterized Gbajabiamila’s statement as bogus and “unauthorised report of the discussion”.
LEADERSHIP reports that Gbajabiamila in an interview on Friday claimed that Obasanjo said a presidential victory was sure for Tinubu in the upcoming 2023 presidential election.
However, just 24 hours after Gbajabiamila’s assertion, Obasanjo said the statements coming from those contending to be supporters of Tinubu were “unhelpful” to his political ambition, especially when the meeting was at the request of the APC presidential standard bearer and both parties had agreed to “no statement from either side”.
“Those claiming to be insiders at the meeting issuing statements on the discussion and those crediting to me statements I had not made are enemies of the visitor and are not doing the visit any good,” Obasanjo said.