PDP Consults with Former Military President, Babangida over 2019
Main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today paid a consultative meeting with former military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in his country home in Minna, Niger State, North-Central Nigeria.
Babangida, 76, a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria from 27 August 1985 to 26 August 1993 is still highly relevant in the political calculation of Nigeria. He previously served as the chief of army staff from January 1984 to August 1985.
In May 2017 when his daughter got married, the wedding ceremony in Minna attracted politicians from various political divides of the country. 30 private jets landed at the wedding venue.
The PDP announced their meeting with Babangida with its official twitter handle: “Members of the @OfficialPDPNig National Working Committee (NWC), led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus @UcheSecondus just ended a consultative meeting with the former President, General Ibrahim Babangida at his country home in Minna Niger State”
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan @officialKolaO also tweeted: “Members of the @OfficialPDPNig National Working Committee led by the National Chairman, Prince @UcheSecondus just ended consultative meeting with former President Ibrahim Babangida at his country home in Minna, Niger State. 2019 Loading….”
Babangida has publicly expressed his reservation for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. He said that Buhari should not consider a second term, rather, the old generation of Nigerian leaders should give way to a new generation.
Before former Olusegun Obasanjo released his letter to Buhari where he advised Buhari to shelve his second term bid, Obasanjo had a secret meeting with Babangida in Niger.
President Buhari declared his intention to run for the number one office in the land last week. He said he decided to run for the election following calls by Nigerians that he should seek re-election.