The scheduled February 5 Council of State meeting at the presidential villa is currently ongoing but the news just reaching reveals that one of the nation’s former leaders, General Olusegun Obasanjo is surprisingly absent.
The meeting of the Council of State, held to decide the fate of the forthcoming 2015 general elections, started at about 11:30am in General Obasanjo’s absence.
However, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), led his team of other APC governors to the presidential villa.
They included Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abdulfatahi Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) and the deputy governors of Borno and Yobe States.
The People’s Democratic Party governors at the meeting include those of Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Cross River, Niger, Kogi, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Ondo, Taraba, Delta, Enugu, Ekiti, Plateau, Jigawa, Katsina, Gombe and Bauchi States as well as the minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed.
Also in attendance are Vice President Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate David Mark; Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; Attorney-General of the Federation Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN); Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyin Pius Anyim; and National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki.
Others in attendance are former president Shehu Shagari, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), Gen Abdusalami Abubakar and Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Th chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, and all service chiefs are waiting to brief the meeting.
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is the only living Nigerian leader absent from the meeting, which is presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. Many people are questioning his absence.