National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu has taken a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent letter.
Obasanjo had in the past week written to President Muhammadu Buhari, scoring the present government low in its performance so far.
Tinubu registered his reservations towards the letter stating that the former President could have addressed the issues privately with Buhari but decided to ‘play politics’.
Tinubu stated this on Friday while addressing journalists in Owerri the Imo state capital, while on his way to the final burial of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
“I believe that would have been the conversation between the retired military Heads of State. They have unfettered access to each other either through the Council of State or any other means; he could have seen the President privately.
“They both had the same background. He (Obasanjo) was also his senior in the army. I think Obasanjo was playing politics with the public letter. That is all I see. They also met at the African Union meeting too. He has a way of discussing with the President any time he wants,” Tinubu said.
In the statement made available to the public on January 23, 2018, the former president advised President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
He also proposed a new movement – Coalition for Nigeria and called on well-meaning Nigerians to join as he believes it will “salvage and redeem” the nation.
Days after, the movement was officially launched, with the likes of the former governor of Cross River state Donald Duke and Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola showing support.
When asked of his opinion on the recent development, the APC leader said he would give his comments at the appropriate time.
The ruling party (APC) in its response to the statement disagreed with some of the points made by the past president on the state of the polity.
Meanwhile, former Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole said Obasanjo was not in the right position to give such advice because he was not a known adviser to Buhari.
Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with the President behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, Oshiomhole said,
“I’m not sure when I see the list of the (President’s) advisers, that President Obasanjo is one of the advisers.
“I also recall with respect that the day President Obasanjo was inaugurating some of his advisers, he did say that anybody who is his adviser can advise him, he will make his own decisions. I think that principle still stands.”
He said, “Nigeria was below ground level and from what you guys report that I read, we have always had challenges but never in terms of this scale and magnitude.
“What President Buhari inherited is difficult to describe. I have said so before that when you meet such a situation, your first task is to halt the drift. When you halt the drift, then you stabilise before you begin to go. There is no miracle about it.