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Obasanjo, Tinubu Owerri Meeting Sparks Speculations, Unease

Hope Uzodinma, returning governor, Imo State’s inauguration into a second term in office may have come and gone, but not so for the momentous open meeting, shaking of hands and exchange of pleasantries, as it were, between a duo most Nigerians believe are old political foes, Olusegun Obasanjo and Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The former is an ex president, while the other is the incumbent.

Obasanjo graced the inauguration ceremony of the Imo State governor knowing full well that President Tinubu would be at the event. Except for a meeting last year, when Tinubu sought his endorsement ahead of the election in 2023, both men have not been seen as relating on same wavelength, politically.

Particularly in the last one year, both men barely maintained civility.

“So what changed? Or is it just another case of the classical Irish bonhomie,” asked Bar. Henry Abraham, an Ilorin based lawyer.

He made his observations based on the antecedents of both men in the political terrain and recent decisive moves by President Tinubu.

In what appeared to be an oblique reference to this, former military president, Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida, IBB, from his hilltop residence in Minna, recently intoned, “after God, the most powerful person in Nigeria is the president.”

So is former President Obasanjo coming to terms with these reality?

Only recently, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, opened up old cases of former political office holders who were largely ‘Obasanjo boys’ while in office. List include, Olu Agunloye, former Minister of Power and Steel under the former president, Peter Odili, former governor Rivers State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former minister (Defense) under Obasanjo and two term governor of Kano.

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