Ex-President Obasanjo pays a tactical visit to Benin Republic President Talon to seek soft landing for Sunday Igboho.
Former Nigerian’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo, met the Benin Republic president, Patrice Talon, to seek soft-landing for Yoruba Nation Activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Sunday Igboho and his wife were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany. Ropo was later released.
This was after DSS raided his house in Ibadan and declared him wanted for stockpiling arms.
Igboho has been in detention in Cotonou since his arrest.
Sources gathered that Obasanjo was in Benin Republic in the first week of August 2021.
Top sources in the diplomatic circle said that the former president travelled to Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania on August 1 and rerouted to the Francophone country.
He was said to have travelled to Benin Republic in the guise of condoling with Nicephore Soglo who recently lost his wife – Roseline Soglo.
Roseline died on July 25 at the age of 87 in Cotonou.
Soglo was president of Benin Republic from 1991 to 1996.
Former Beninise president and Obasanjo have maintained a warm relationship over the years.
Soglo is one of the African leaders who intervened at the time the Abacha regime arrested and jailed Obasanjo in 1995.
A source who was also privy to Obasanjo’s trip said: “He also met with Patrice Talon. The purpose of the meeting was to seek soft-landing for Sunday Igboho.
“He’s asking the Beninise authorities to grant the separatist leader asylum, and not to return him to Nigeria.
“The former president intervened at the request of some southwest leaders.”
Igboho was arrested by Beninise security forces while attempting to flee to Germany.
The Department of State Services (DSS) raided his residence in Oyo on July 1, killing two people and arresting 12 of his supporters.
He has been in detention in Cotonou since his arrest.
An aide of Obasanjo confirmed the former president was in Benin Republic.
It was learnt that Obasanjo returned to Nigeria by road through Idiroko land border in Ogun state.
We Regret Getting Rid of Jonathan to Elect Buhari — Northern Elders Forum
The Northern Elders Forum has said that it regretted that it got rid of then President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections to vote in the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari.
The group expressed disappointment that Buhari has let down millions of Nigerians including members of the All Progressives Congress who trusted in his leadership prior to the poll six years ago.
Northern Elders Forum, said that the next President of Nigeria should be one who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari, who hails from Katsina, North-West Nigeria.
Director of Publicity and Advocacy for Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spoke on Tuesday when he featured on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme.
He said, “Is there any Nigerian who is not disappointed in President Buhari including diehard APC people? Is there anybody who would not tell you he wished President Buhari had done much better?
“We raised huge expectations, we told people, ‘Get rid of Jonathan, put Buhari there, he would fix corruption, he would fix insecurity, he would fix the economy’ (but) look at where we are now.
“How can anybody say they are happy with the record of President Buhari, even the people very close to him would tell you that they wished he could have done much better and he could have done much better and he hasn’t.”
Next president should act in opposite direction of Buhari’
The group’s spokesman said Nigeria needs a President who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari in terms of economic policies, security, amongst others.
“So, what we need to do now is to get ready to elect another President who would go in the opposite direction, a President who has a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves rather than just being a President. So, I am disappointed and that is why today, I am actively involved in trying to see that a new leader emerges in getting Nigerians a new lease of life,” Baba-Ahmed noted.
OSINBAJO: Elections in Africa Must be Democratic
Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while receiving Sao Tome & Principe President-elect in Aso Villa, noted that elections in Africa Must be a democratic process.
“Africans must continue to make the extra effort in ensuring that elections in the continent go through the democratic process, remain transparent and fair” according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
The Vice President said this today while receiving the President-elect of Sao Tome and Principe, Mr. Carlos Manuel Vila Nova who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.
On the 18th of July, 2021, elections were held in Sao Tome to replace President Evaristo Carvalho, whose tenure expired on 3rd September, 2021. Based on constitutional provisions, an outright winner did not emerge from the polls and a run-off led to the emergence of Mr. Vila Nova, who would be sworn in 2nd October, 2021.
According to Prof Osinbajo “there is no question at all that for those of us in Africa, we must make the extra effort to ensure that the democratic process is very transparent. It is such a pleasure to see that that was what took place in your country which led to your election.”
Speaking about areas of cooperation between both countries, the Vice President said, “we already talked about some of the areas of cooperation…your tenure might be an opportunity to bring some of those things to fruition.”
Prof Osinbajo reassured Mr. Manuel Vila Nova of Nigeria’s support to ensure that “your tenure is as comfortable and effective as possible as partners and friends.”
In his own remarks, President-elect Vila Nova expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting Sao Tome and also thanked the Vice President for his attention, stating that Nigeria is a “friendly country” and the relationship between both countries dates back many years.
In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and a member of the Sao Tome and Principe’s cabinet, Mr. Americo de Oliveira Ramos.
PDP Governors to Meet On National Convention
All Nigerian governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today meet to brainstorm with a view to coming up with a common front ahead of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday.
This comes as the governors reiterated their resolve to sack the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023, noting that the governing party has brought nothing but misery and pain to all Nigerians.
The PDP National Executive Council meeting which holds tomorrow Thursday 9th 202 is expected to unveil the national convention committee and a committee on zoning.
The NEC, which held two weeks ago, resolved that Abuja would be the venue of the PDP National Elective Convention slated for October 31, 2021.
The NEC also agreed to meet on the 9th of September to approve the various nominations into the respective national convention committees.
The director-general of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Hon C.I.D Maduabum, said the “chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, in consultation with his colleagues have summoned an extraordinary meeting of the Forum to hold on Wednesday September 8, 2021 at 3pm.
“The meeting will discuss party matters and strategies to reposition the PDP ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Party taking place tomorrow, 9th September, 2021.
“The PDP governors further re-assures all PDP members, stakeholders and the nation of their commitment, determination and loyalty in the patriotic task of dislodging the failed APC government that has brought nothing but misery and pain to all Nigerians,” he noted.