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2023 presidency: OBJ not backing any party but Nigeria’s unity – Saraki

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By Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

A former senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, yesterday said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was not interested in any political party to take over the reins of power in 2023 but on the success and unity of Nigeria.

Saraki stated this after meeting with the ex-president for over two hours in a close-door meeting at his residence in Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, OOPL, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. He said that Obasanjo, as an elder statesman, was more concerned in moving the country forward than involving in any political party to win the 2023 general elections.

Saraki, who led the National Reconciliatory and Statutory Committee of the People’s Democratic Party to the ex-president, said that Obasanjo was concerned about how Nigeria would get away from her current challenges than engaging in the success of any political party ahead the forthcoming elections.

He said,” His focus is on Nigeria and not on any party. It is important, as an elder statesman, to be  committed to the unity and and success of  this country and, as a committee, we have come here to listen to his own advice and suggestions.

“And anything that that has to do with how to make this country better we have enjoyed that in the last two hours. Our meeting is about to reconcile our party and reposition our party and learn from his own wisdom and experience.”

Saraki, when asked about the plan to impeach the PDP’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secundus, said that he was not aware of the decision. He said that he was not sure that the call for Secundus’ impeachment would stand as he and the committee were on the journey to reconcile every faction and aggrieved member of the party, adding that they were already making progress in that aspect, even by consulting the ex-president.

He said “I am not aware of any impeachment. I think there is a lot of propaganda. What we are doing is how to make the party stronger and we are making some progress and I think, in this month of March, we will be seeing some progress.”

The ex-senate president, while speaking on the insecurity challenges of the country, said that the federal government must engage leadership to bring in stakeholders to a round table to find a lasting solution to the menace of kidnapping, banditry, killings among others insecurity challenges in the country.

“This issue involves everybody. The government should provide leadership to bring stakeholders together at a roundtable and all of us must come together to solve the challenges before us,” he concluded.

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