Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan met on Monday at Obasanjo’s mansion on Presidential Hilltop Estate, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Sources close to the Obasanjo home said the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and founder of Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, were at the meeting at the instance of the former President as one of conditions given by Obasanjo before any meeting with Jonathan could take place .
It was learnt that the men of God were called to be witnesses of what would transpire between Jonathan and his benefactor, Obasanjo, during the meeting after the terms of the outcome of previous series of discussions between the two were allegedly not followed by the President.
It was further learnt that Obasanjo would use the avenue to ask Jonathan salient questions to the hearing of Adeboye and Oyedepo bordering on security situation of the country, his loyalists who were weeded out of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) as well as the matter concerning the South West Organising Mobilisation Committee Chairman of PDP, Prince Buruji Kashamu, whom the former President said can’t be his leader.
Jonathan had tried in the past months to meet with the former President at his Abeokuta home.
But Obasanjo had always insisted that he won’t receive Jonathan at home, but would rather show respect and meet the President in the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
It was gathered that the move is to prevent past occurrences where the duo were misrepresented in the media.
Only last week, the president who is battling the political battle of his life sought to get the blessing of Obasanjo, but, met a brick wall.
Sources close to Obasanjo hinted that President Jonathan was not on the list of guests expected yesterday, even as another claimed the number one citizen does not need such listing.
Operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) who had earlier besieged the Obasanjo’s Hilltop mansion as early as 6a.m in anticipation of the President’s arrival also left the place at 3: 36p.m when it became obvious that Jonathan was no longer coming.
However, by 7pm, Jonathan and the two prominent clerics assembled at Obajsanjo’s house and the meeting got underway.
Journalists were barred from entering the house, but hungry for news they waited outside.
About two hours later news filtered out that President Jonathan had left the house through a private exit. The other guests were also not seen, and no one was available for comment as at press time.