The 2019 political battle between President Muhammadu Buhari and his former boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, may have taken an international dimension, as the former President is set to take the battle to the United States of America, US.
Sources close to the former President told New Telegraph that Obasanjo has commenced high-level talks with some institutions in the United States, partnering with the Jimmy Carter Foundation and other lobby groups to checkmate the return of Buhari.
The groups, according to sources, are to be used in mounting pressure on international donors to prevail on Buhari not to seek a second term in office.
“Baba will be in South Africa, from there he will move to the US. It is not certain, but definitely he is taking the campaign against Buhari outside the shores of Nigeria”, the source said.
However, it was gathered that in the midst of the international politicking, about 25 Retired Generals have thrown their weight behind Obasanjo, in his quest to upstage Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration, as well as enthrone another government in 2019.
Though Buhari is yet to make public his intention to run for second term, Obasanjo had warned the President against nursing such ambition.
Sources within Obasanjo’s camp revealed that apart from the former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, there are other prominent Retired Generals backing the former President.
“Do you think Baba works alone, he does not just come out to talk, they must have agreed among themselves. I need not mention those with him, but these are big horns that had been in power before.
“They know how to rally the people. They are not just coming together to lead us; they have their followers in the Military and across the country. But how they want to resolve among themselves is what we do not know, but I doubt if Buhari will say no to his former bosses”, one of the sources said.
Another source however, revealed that the group had scheduled a meeting today in the South-West, noting that no fewer than 10 of the Retired Generals would attend the parley, meant to take a decision on the likely replacement for Buhari.
Though Obasanjo will not be part of the South-West meeting, because of an engagement in South Africa, he is said to be aware of the Generals’ parley.
“Baba is not part of the meeting, he is scheduled to be in South Africa, but it is possible that he is aware. I am not even sure of where they want to hold their meeting”, he said Click box below to See list of Army Generals that are plotting to remove Buhari….