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Meeting between Peter Obi and ex-emir Lamido Sanusi in London

The presidential candidate of the Labor Party (LP), Pierre Obion Saturday, held talks with the former Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, on his presidential aspiration and plans for Nigeria.

In a tweet on Saturday evening, Mr Obi announced: “I met my dear friend and brother, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. We spent time exchanging views on issues relating to the national interest, nation building and the general concept of diversity, education, social inclusion, economics , consumption and production patterns.

“A fairly constructive engagement. My sincere gratitude to him for the warm welcome and the ideas.

The LP candidate’s meeting with Mr Lamido comes barely two weeks after he met Kano’s outgoing Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero in Kano. He also had talks with the Emir of Gaya, Aliyu Ibrahim.

The meetings are believed to be part of moves by Mr Obi to make inroads into key northern states.

Kano has a large voting population

While Mr. Obi and members of his “Obidient” movement are having serious repercussions in the southern part of the country and the north-central area, the Muslim-majority core northern states, mainly in the geopolitical areas of the north- west and northeast of the country remained their weak links.

Meeting Mr. Lamido and others like him in recent weeks also appears to be part of the LP’s presidential flag-bearer’s maneuvers to break the ice in the two areas where he is still an unknown or mistrusted candidate by many.

Friendship

Mr. Obi, a former banker and Governor of Anambra State, is said to have a friendly relationship with Mr. Sanusi, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


He was among those who openly criticized Mr Sanusi’s deposition as Emir of Kano, saying it was an action that could have negative repercussions, not only on the emirate of Kano, but on Nigeria as a whole.

He did so in a series of tweets on March 11, 2020.

Mr Sanusi was controversially deposed as Emir of Kano and banished to Nasarawa State by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on March 6, 2020.

The ousted traditional ruler then left Nasarawa and settled in Lagos State.

“The removal of Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano had a more negative impact on Nigeria than on the former Emir himself. His removal clearly portrays the recklessness of our country today.


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“A few weeks ago, while talking to investors in London, their main concern about investing in Nigeria was the continuing lawlessness and insecurity. The recent reckless action by the executive in Kano further confirms their fears.

“We must be better and act better if we are serious about playing on the world stage,” Obi tweeted at the time.

Vice-presidential offer

There was speculation that Mr. Obi wanted Mr. Sanusi to be his running mate for the Feb. 25 election, but the former CBN governor was reportedly not favorably disposed to the number one position. two due to the fact that he is more of a spiritual and traditional leader than a politician.

It has also been speculated that former Kano governor and now NNPP presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso has also been nominated to be the LP candidate’s running mate, apparently due to the high bounty he (Obi) gives to their populated state.

Mr Kwankwanso openly dismissed the offer as condescending.

He reportedly spurned the offer based on his reasoning that he was older and more experienced in governance than Mr Obi.


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