By Kenneth Ehigiator
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, yesterday met for 30 minutes at the inner lounge of the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Although both men kept sealed lips on what was discussed at the meeting held behind closed doors, Vanguard, however, gathered that issues related to the botched impeachment plot by some members of the House against the speaker were on the card.

All security details and protocol officials operating at the lounge were excused from the meeting which was witnessed only by Obasanjo’s daughter, Kemi.

Bankole had arrived the lounge from Abuja in a presidential jet at 2:30 p.m, and was joined by the former president 15 minutes later.

At the end of the meeting, the two personalities left the lounge, declining to mention what was discussed.

Prodded by reporters on whether the meeting revolved around advising Bankole on how to resolve the impasse in the House, Obasanjo put up his comical displays to evade answering the question.

Beside declining to answer questions on the meeting he had with the speaker, the former president also refused to say a word about whether he was in support of President Goodluck Jonathan contesting the 2011 presidential elections, especially considering his recent posture against the zoning formula of ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of which he is the chairman of Board of Trustees.

H e also evaded questions on the presidential bid of ex-military president, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, but was quick to say “you journalists love my face and I love your faces,” when asked to assess 50 years of Nigeria’s nationhood.

This is the first time Bankole would meet with the former president at the airport, since he assumed office as speaker of the House of Representatives, as they had never met there either by omission or commission.

Obasanjo frequents the presidential wing of the Lagos airport, as he travels through there regularly.


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