The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has revealed the reasons why he visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
Newsflash Nigeria had earlier reported that Ex-President Obasanjo on Thursday hosted the Uche Secondus behind closed doors.
Secondus said he visited Obasanjo to discuss the current happenings in the country.
Mr Secondus arrived at the penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta accompanied by other leaders of the party at 12:19 p.m.
They immediately went into a private meeting with Mr Obasanjo.
The former president is no longer a member of the PDP, having exited the party in 2015.
At the end of the meeting, held inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, and lasted over one hour, Mr Obasanjo and his visitors worked into a conference hall inside the penthouse to speak with journalists.
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In his speech, Mr Secondus said he came to Mr Obasanjo as an elder statesman to advise the present government.
“I am here with the members of my team and as well as the PDP executives in Ogun State to tap from the wealth of Baba’s knowledge as a statesman,” Mr Secondus said.
“It’s been very difficult lately because Baba is a global personality, resolving issues across the world.
“In fact, the last place I learnt Baba visited was Afghanistan, despite the situation in that country, he went there and came back alive.
“So, my team and I are very grateful and we give glory to God.
“We have discussed Nigeria. Nigeria first before any other thing. Yes, we belong to a political party, but if we don’t have a country, where do we practice democracy? We need to have a peaceful country where democracy can strive and at this point, we need Chief Obasanjo to come in with solutions.
“We are aware of the insecurity, the poor economy, banditry, kidnapping all over the country; and we can’t continue to watch without reaching out to the elders so that they can come to gather and advise the present government. That is the duty of a statesman, Mr Secondus explained”.
Mr Obasanjo noted that although the situation of Nigeria is bad, it is not irredeemable.
Those who accompanied Mr Secondus to the meeting include the party’s National Secretary, Ibrahim Tsauri; National Treasurer, Aribisala Adewale; Ogun State chairman, Sikirulahi Ogundele and his executive members, among others.