Obasanjo, Falae meet on peaceful change in Nigeria

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, on Tuesday met to discuss how to effect a peaceful change in the polity.
Falae met Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State to discuss other matters of national importance.
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), lasted for about two hours.
Falae, who addressed newsmen after the meeting, dismissed rumours that he went to consult with Obasanjo over his (Falae) presidential ambition.
He said: a�?The affairs of Nigeria are greater than the political ambition of anybody. I am here to exchange views with Baba Obasanjo on the affairs of Nigeria.
a�?Once upon a time, between 1977 and 1979, I worked with him when he was the Military Head of State as a Permanent Secretary.
a�?We did many things in those days to advance the cause of Nigeria.
a�?The way things are in Nigeria now, I feel the need to exchange views with him towards the progress of Nigeria,a��a�� he said.
The SDP chieftain said that he was sure that many right-thinking Nigerians would see a�?the need for all of us to work together to ensure that there is a good, beneficial, peaceful and progressive change in Nigeriaa�?.
Falae described President Muhammadu Buhari as a friend and recalled his support for him (Buhari) during the 2011 polls.
a�?President Buhari is my friend and I remember how I supported him and raised his hands at Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State where I asked people to vote for him because he said he would restructure Nigeria,a��a�� he said.
Falae was then a member of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD). Along with Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and other opposition parties, the parties entered discussions with Buharia��s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) to form a mega party to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The alliance did not work.
Falae said that Buhari remained his friend, but expressed his displeasure over his administrationa��s failure to restructure Nigeria and to deliver on his campaign promises.
In 2015, Falae did not support Buharia��s presidential ambition as his SDP supported former President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP.

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