BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal yesterday, held a closed door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his private residence in Abeokuta.
Tambuwal who arrived at 10: 35 am along with three members of the House including deputy minority leader, Kawu Sumaila, Aminu Sagari and Ajibola Muraina from Oyo State went straight to the private room of Obasanjo and held a meeting with him.
Vanguard gathered that the closed door meeting which ended 11: 42 am was not unconnected with the political situation in the country.
Tambuwal, who addressed newsmen after the meeting described his visit to Obasanjo as consultation on national interest.
Justifying his visit
While justifying his visit to the former President, Tambuwal said: “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 Baba on matters of national interest and that is what we are here for today.
“There are lots of issues in Nigeria today, of course there is issue on Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, that we are considering in the house, we are doing constitution amendment in the House and host of other very key and important legislations that are before the parliament. So, we needed to consult our leaders on such very important and vital legislation that are before us, before we conclude what we are doing on them.”
Reacting to the speculation on whether he was contemplating leaving the People’s Democratic Party, the Speaker said: “I am just visiting our national leader of PDP, myself and Baba are in PDP.”
On Sanusi’s suspension
While fielding questions on the suspension of former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Tambuwal described the development as a bad signal.
His words: “Weather it is lawful, legal or illegal, the personality involved has told everybody that he is going to court and I believe he is already in court on that suspension.
“On the implications on the economy, I am not an economist, but I personal feel that, it will definitely send wrong signals to investors because we need to have confidence in the financial institutions particularly the independence of financial institutions of a country before foreign investors may consider such a country worthy of their investments, I have my concern about that.”
Commends Amosun on urban renewal
Meantime, Tambuwal has described the on-going urban renewal programme in Ogun State as a display of politics of development.
Tambuwal also commended the state government for its successes so far in terms of infrastructure development, noting that it has re-defined the landscape of the state.
He urged the people to continue to give more support to the present administration in the state, emphassing that, “once we finish elections, there is no more party or partisan politics. There can never be better politics than politics of development and this is what we have seen in Ogun State.”