Tambuwal, Obasanjo In Secret Parley


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, on Sunday paid a visit to Abeokuta where he met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence.

Tambuwal who failed to show up at the Peoples Democratic PDP sensitization rally in Imo where the PDP leadership including President Goodluck Jonathan were in attendance at the weekend, told journalists that he had no plan to leave PDP for the opposition All Progressive Congress APC, insisting he was still in PDP.

The Speaker arrived the former President’s residence in company of the House’s minority leader, Hon. Sumaila Kawu (APC Kano), Hon. Aminu Shagari (PDP Sokoto) and Hon. Ajibola Muriana (PDP Oyo) who was Obasanjo’s preference for the speakership position in 2011.

The meeting which commenced at about 12.30 p.m. lasted for about two hours later.

Tambuwal, told journalists after the meeting that he was in Abeokuta consult with Obasanjo  on matters of national interest, saying the former president was national leader.

“I have come to visit our PDP national leader. `Baba Obasanjo’ and I are still in PDP.

Tambuwal further explained that he was in Abeokuta to “consult with Obasanjo on matters of national interest, adding, “Baba Obasanjo is a leader, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa, and it is only appropriate for us in positions of authority and leadership to occasionally come and consult him on matters of national interest and that is why I am here,” he said.

“There are lots of issues in Nigeria today. Of course, there is the issue of Petrol Industry Bill (PIB) that we are considering in the House, while the Constitution amendment is also ongoing.

“There are many other key and important legislations that are also before the parliament. So, we need to consult our leaders on such important and vital issues, to get inputs from them before we conclude deliberations,’’ he said.

The speaker’s proceeded to Lagos immediately after the meeting.