- Amid claims that he is under pressure to take part in the 2023 presidential elections, Governor Bello met with ex-president Obasanjo
- In the few details made available to the media about the closed-door meeting, Obasanjo urged the governor to continue with his protection of Kogi residents
- Bello, on his part, promised Kogi residents and Obasanjo that he would continue to deliver
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday, February 28 met with Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello behind closed doors in Abuja.
The Punch reports that details of the meeting were made available to the media by Governor Bello's aide Mohammed Onogwu.
According to the statement, Obasanjo charged Bello to keep with his good efforts at protecting his state.
The statement read in part:
“Former President Obasanjo noted that the fight against insecurity should have everybody on board, stressing that governors should involve everyone to ensure insecurity is curtailed in Nigeria.”
In his response, Governor Bello thanked Obasanjo for his elder statesman role in Nigeria's polity. He also praised the former president's wealth of wisdom which the young leaders are privileged to tap from.
Media mogul, Dele Momodu, shared images of the meeting on his official Twitter handle.
The meeting generated some reactions online.
Obaje Ademu @Obaje147 thinks Obasanjo should not grant Bello audience again.
"Baba shouldn't grant that boy the opportunity to see him again. He's a bad boy."
Bright a etaifo @EtaifoA believes the meeting was based on some moves about 2023 presidential election.
"The way am (sic) seeing the political signs, Yahaya is gunning for 2023 and it will be a big disappointment if he wins APC presidential primaries."
Kogi's commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said that many people have asked the governor to contest.
Meanwhile, Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has also thrown his hat into the ring ahead of 2023 presidential elections.
Okupe announced on his social media accounts on Friday, February 26 that he would be running for the Nigerian presidency in the next general elections under certain conditions.
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