President Goodluck Jonathan was privy to ex-President Olusegun ObasanjoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit to Kaduna State, investigation has revealed.
The visit has reportedly caused a rift between Jonathan and Vice-President Namadi Sambo.
However, Sambo has since denied the allegation.
Some sections of the media reported on Sunday that Sambo used the opportunity of ObasanjoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit to Kaduna (his state) to condole with the state over Governor Patrick YakowaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death to mobilise traditional rulers against JonathanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s alleged second time bid.
Yakowa died alongside former National Security Adviser Andrew Azazi in the December 15 helicopter crash in Bayelsa State.
But a top Presidency source told our correspondent on Monday that contrary to that report, the President had a foreknowledge of ObasanjoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit.
The source claimed that Obasanjo travelled to and fro the state aboard a presidential jet.
He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whoever is saying that the President was not aware of ObasanjoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit to the state is only lying. The former President travelled on a presidential jet.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am sure you know that those in charge of presidential jets could not have released one of them to Obasanjo without the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s approval.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is also important to note that the President has not complained about this issue. That news report was based on falsehood.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Senior Special Assistant to the VP on Media and Publicity, Mr. Umar Sani, said Sambo could not undermine Jonathan because they enjoy a good working relationship.
He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The former President was in the state on a condolence visit. It was when he arrived that he heard that the VP was also in the state. Obasanjo then decided to use that opportunity to pay a condolence visit to the VP. The ex-President visited the VP in company with the state governor (Mukhtar Yero).Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sani added that the meeting with the traditional rulers was initially to be attended by Sambo and the governor, adding that it was not part of ObasanjoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s itinerary.
He said contrary to the report, the meeting, which was to rally support for Yero, was held in the open and was covered by journalists.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The meeting was open to journalists. The NTA crew recorded the proceeding. We can play the recording for all to see and hear the discussion,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sani said.