Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reportedly met the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in Paris on Monday.
According to a report by TheCable, the duo discussed on the potential involvement of Kwankwaso in the in-coming administration as Tinubu plans to form a “government of national unity” — which means giving certain positions to opposition parties.
The report stated that the meeting also discussed issues around the election of the legislative leaders ahead of the June 13 inauguration of the 10th national assembly.
The Paris meeting between Tinubu and Kwankwaso started at 12.30 pm and ended at 4.45 pm, insiders told TheCable.
Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the House of reps and presumptive chief of staff to the president-elect, attended the meeting while Abdulmumin Jibrin, an NNPP rep-elect and former leader of a Tinubu campaign organisation, accompanied Kwankwaso.
Oluremi Tinubu, senator and wife of president-elect received Kwankwaso’s wife, Salamatu.
The report added that Tinubu and Kwankwaso reminisced on their relationship dating back to the national assembly in 1992.
Tinubu was a senator while Kwankwaso was deputy speaker in the house of reps.
According to TheCable, Kwankwaso, in principle, agreed to join Tinubu’s government subject to consultations with the stakeholders on both sides.
Tinubu is expected to brief Kashim Shettima, the vice-president elect, APC governors forum and other party leaders while Kwankwaso will do same with his party leadership.
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