Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why I visited Yemi Osinbajo- Former Vp Namadi Sambo

Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, on Wednesday evening paid a surprise visit to the presidential Villa, for the first time since
this administration began as he met with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The development is coming at a time President Muhammadu Buhari left the country tothe  United Kingdom precisely London for a medical follow up consultation on Sunday evening.

Recall, that the former Vice President has been away from public, since he lost as running mate to former President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2015 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to news reports, Sambo‎ arrived at Osinbajo’s office at about 4 pm shortly after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by the Acting President.

Osinbajo was said to have stepped out of his office to personally receive his predecessor, and ushered him into his office where they had a brief discussion behind closed doors

Shortly after the meeting, Sambo described the visit as "usual" when he spoke with State House correspondents.

He said,

  “I have come to pay a visit to Mr. Vice President and Mr. Acting President. It is a usual familiarization visit. As you know, former Presidents visit Mr. President and former Vice Presidents visit the Vice President. I am happy to see all of you, our good friends. I want to thank you very much for this reception.” Sambo said

A close aide of the former Vice President had claimed that there was nothing strange in the meeting of the two leaders who he described as friends.

The aide said Osinbajo and Sambo had been exchanging invitations, citing an example of the invitation extended to Sambo to attend the ninth annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium which was held on March 28 in Lagos.

The invitation signed on behalf of Osinbajo by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Ade Ipaye, was dated March 20 and addressed to Sambo and his wife.

Ipaye noted in the letter that Osinbajo had been convening the colloquium in the last nine years to play a crucial role in strengthening “the process of national decision - making within the political and social spheres of Nigeria”.

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