2019: Obasanjo in suprise visit to ex-president Jonathan in Otueke

Chidi Samuel || Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday evening visited former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, South-South, Nigeria.

Obasanjo is in Bayelsa for a three-day visit at the invitation of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson who was marking his six years anniversary as governor of the oil-rich state.

The elder statesman in the company Governor Dickson was received by Jonathan and his wife, Patience.

Obasanjo was Jonathan’s nemesis in the 2015 presidential election following a fallout between a ”godfather and his godson.

Many political watchers believe that the visit is an attempt at re-alignment of forces by political gladiators for the fight to unseat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections.

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It will be recalled that in his widely circulated letter calling on Buhari not to run for a second term, Obasanjo had praised Jonathan, describing him as a ”born again” politician and partner who has a role to play in the effort to move Nigeria forward.

Obasanjo wrote, “Even the horse rider then (Jonathan), with whom I maintain very cordial, happy and social relationship today, has come to realise his mistakes and regretted it publicly and I admire his courage and forthrightness in this regard.

“He has a role to play on the side line for the good of Nigeria, Africa and humanity and I will see him as a partner in playing such a role nationally and internationally, but not as a horse rider in Nigeria again.”

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The coming months will show whether Jonathan will be a willing partner in Obasanjo’s new coalition.