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Jonathan courts Tinubu

April 30, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan held closed door meeting with Tinubu, Fasola and Akiolu as Lagos PDP dispels political affiliation.

The visit of president Goodluck Jonathan, this weekend to the national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and the Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola has been generating speculations among political stakeholders in the state.

President Jonathan was returning from the Ivory Coast, where he had gone for the emergency summit of ECOWAS leaders, called on Tinubu and others at State House, Marina, Lagos. Although the intent of the meeting could not be established it reportedly had in attendance Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State; the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the embattled former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole.

Lagos State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, in his reaction said, “I am not in a position to confirm the motive behind the meeting, but I know that there are other national  pressing issues. For instance, the issue of Boko Haram warrants everybody to join hands to fight. I remember recently that the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said something on that and so the President must have come to meet him to see whether he has any position on that.

“It is a risky position if the president has come to see Tinubu regarding 2015. The President may have met a liability rather than an asset in the forthcoming election. The truth is that the Lagos PDP is better positioned that we do not need anybody outside the party to win elections.

“However, the Lagos PDP expects that whatever lobbying any member of the party is involved in will not override the interest of the party. In Lagos PDP, it is our interest to claim Lagos State from ACN and so, we will not compromise and jeopardize that interest.”

Culled from Daily Times Nigeria of Monday 30th April 2012

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