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• Ex-Borno governor meets with ex-President

A former Borno State governor and one-time National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Sheriff, who had long dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed optimism that his party would win the presidential election and subsequent polls in 2023.

He arrived Obasanjo’s residence around 9.15 a.m and went straight to for the closed-door meeting with the former President.

The former Borno State governor described his host as someone who would have been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria, if the country was an enterprise.

He told reporters that he was on a private visit to the former President.

Sheriff said: “This is purely a private visit. You know Baba (Obasanjo) is an elder statesman. If Nigeria were a company, Baba Obasanjo would be the Chairman and Chief Executive. So, I came for consultation and have a private chat with Baba.

“Baba Obasanjo is an elder statesman and I, being a younger one, it is important that from time to time I come and greet my father, discuss with him privately and go back.”

Asked if his discussion with the former President was on the Nigerian project, the APC chieftain said: “I didn’t say that. It is a private visit.”

Prodded to comment on 2023 general election, Sheriff jocularly said: “Your view is my view. What is your view? What is my view? I want my party (APC) to win. You journalists are also in a better, informed position to advise the politicians than us.”

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