The former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, escaped being attacked by a mob which threatened him in Abuja last night.
The incident occurred at the lobby of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel where the former leader has been holing up for weeks on end, reportedly influencing events within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the National Assembly.
Obasanjo is chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees.
A source said, he had come downstairs from his suite at about 7:30a.m. in order to attend a caucus meeting of the PDP somewhere in the city when a crowd of guests in the hotel caught sight of him.
The crowd reportedly began to make cat-calls at him and as he walked unperturbed, became increasingly excited.
They called him names and began to mobilise to attack him.
Sensing danger, Obasanjo’s security aides and the hotel staff battled to get him to the hotel car park and pushed him into his car.
They couldn’t wait for the car to pick him up at the reception entrance.
Obasanjo got back to the hotel at 11:10 p.m. and sneaked back into his suite.
By Leadership Newspaper