Ibrahim Babangida Opens Up, Endorses Atiku Abubakar’s Exit From APC, Makes Ground Breaking 2019 Prediction

By Post Nigeria December 6, 2017 23:00

Ibrahim Babangida Opens Up, Endorses Atiku Abubakar’s Exit From APC, Makes Ground Breaking 2019 Prediction

Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, has expressed confidence that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Convention organising Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will conduct a rancour-free, acceptable Convention, in preparation for 2019.

Babangida spoke on Wednesday, when Okowa, accompanied by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, and top officials of the party, met him at his (IBB’s) country home at Minna, Niger State.

“I have here, the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, former Chairman of Kaduna State, the Chairman of Convention Planning Committee, the Governor of Delta State, with the officials for the Convention. I am glad they are working hard, and I have seen that they want to make sure that the Convention of the PDP is rancour-free, transparent, and everybody will be given a level playing ground”, he said.

The former Head of State who threw banters with the PDP Leaders, emphatically said: “PDP will see one of the best Conventions like never before, ahead of 2019”

He also talked about the return of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to the PDP, saying: “He is a Nigerian, he is allowed to go to any party, and our Constitution allows it; so, it is not new, and there is nothing wrong for the politician to move from one party to another.”

Makarfi disclosed that the visit was in line with the tradition of the PDP, where elders and leaders of the party are consulted for the right decisions to be taken.

“In the PDP, we respect leaders. General Babangida has always been with us, and it is the tradition of the party to be consulting with our leaders, that is why we are here today to brief him (IBB) on the arrangement we have made, and take whatever advice he gives for conducting a credible and transparent Convention. The success story so far is a confirmation of series of interaction with leaders and founding members of the party”, Makarfi said.

Okowa assured the Convention will be successful, stating: “A lot has been put on the ground for a successful Convention to be held. We thank the Caretaker Committee of our party, because they have done a lot ahead of the inauguration on Monday, and since then, we have held several meetings.”

“As at today, we are confident that we are on course; in terms of trying to provide all that has to be done on Saturday, we are going to have exciting Convention, there is no doubt about that; everything concerning the electoral process has been put in place, the accreditation team by today will get the last list of the statutory delegates from Osun and Anambra States”, he said.


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