Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday disclosed what he and President Goodluck Jonathan discussed when the President paid him an unexpected visit at his home in Yola, Adamawa State over the weekend.
In an interview with Sahara Reporters, Atiku said he had retired to bed when he was woken up and told that President Jonathan had come to see him, adding that the president was already waiting in his living room.
He denied the insinuation that he was asked to head an interim government but admitted that Dr. Jonathan tried to prevail on him to rejoin the PDP which he rejected.
He said the president also discussed the ongoing war against Boko Haram, seeking his support for Nigerian troops. He said they also discussed the possibility of displaced Nigerians returning to the areas that have been recaptured from Boko Haram.
Asked whether he thought President Jonathan was interested in allowing elections to hold on March 28, the former vice president hesitated before stating that he would not wish to speculate, but he said the president’s body language did not reveal that he was interested in the polls which are less than two weeks to hold.
Atiku said he had always been opposed to an interim government adding that he did so when former military President Ibrahim Babangida set up an interim national government in 1993. He said he was offered a position in the government through the late Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua, which he rejected.
The position, he said was given to Lagos politician Dapo Sarumi.
Atiku said he advised President Jonathan to ensure that the elections were free and fair and devoid of the bloodshed that trailed the 2011 general elections