Former governor of Borno State and stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff on Thursday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Abeokuta residence, the Ogun State capital for what he described as “private visit and consultation meeting”.
Sheriff, who arrived Obasanjo’s Penthouse residence located within the precinct of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State capital around 9: 30a.m., went straight into a closed door meeting with the former president who had been waiting to receive him.
Speaking with journalists shortly after emerging from the closed door meeting, Sheriff, whose visit is coming barely a week ahead of the commencement of the campaign for the year 2023 general elections scheduled to begin September 28, described Obasanjo as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria.
Sheriff declared that if Nigeria was to be a company, former President Obasanjo would have been its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“This is purely a private visit. You know Baba Obasanjo is an elder statesman. If Nigeria is a company, Baba Obasanjo is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Nigeria. So, I came for consultation and had a private chat with baba.
“If Nigeria is a company, baba is the Chairman, I’m the younger one. So, from time to time, I must come and greet my father, discuss with him, privately and go back”.
When asked if his discussion with the former president was on the Nigeria project, the APC chieftain said, “I didn’t say that: it is a private visit”.
Sheriff however, declined to give his opinion on the forthcoming year 2023 general elections, saying “your view is my view. What is your view? What is my view? I want my party (APC) to win”.