APC Leaders Visit IBB in Minna…Emergence of APC Will Give the People Alternatives – IBB
Barely 24 hours after the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC was registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, some of the party chieftains yesterday stormed the residence of the former military president where they entered into a closed door meeting that lasted for about two hours.
Present at the meeting with the former president were the party’s Interim Deputy National Chairman and Former Speaker AminuMasari as well as Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory and interim Assistant National Secretary Nasir El-Rufai.
The duo who were accompanied by Senator Nasir Nasif were immediately ushered straight to a conference hall in the right wing of IBB residence where they held a meeting behind closed door for almost two hours but none of them was ready to talk to the press on their mission to the hill top residence of the Former Military President.
A source close to the meeting said the mission was part of the strategy by the chieftains of the newly registered party whom they considered as political asset in the north into the newly registered APC to strengthen the party in the zone.
Stating his position on the registration of the APC, General Babangida said emergence of the party will bring about vibrant political activities and give the people an alternatives choice even as he insisted that votes must count in 2015.
He said, “I think we have a lot of time now we will see vibrant political activities, political parties will like to sell their products, perhaps you should keep on insisting the votes should count also and allow the people to vote their choice and should have only one vote”.
Babangida stated further that “I have been and I will continue to be a strong believer of two parties system, I told you that, maybe as PDP itself said we now have a strong and vibrant political associations, you have the choice, you either take this or that”.
“I hope that the public will see it as an opportunity, that the party should try to talk to us the ordinary people, what they intend to do for us and for the country”, he added.
Asked on what the emergence of APC portends for the future of PDP, he tactically answered, “you see as a person who God did not give the power to predict the future I wait for God to see,” but when pressed further to draw inferences from previous political development he said, “No, I think it is a good development”.
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