MINNA, DECEMBER 7, 2017 – Former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, has disclosed his position on the upcoming convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the defection of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the opposition party, Premium Times reports.
Babangida made his comments when he was paid a courtesy visit by the Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; the chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi; and other top party officials, at his Minna hilltop mansion, on Wednesday, December 6
IBB expressed confidence that the Okowa-led organizing committee would deliver a top-notch convention.
He stated: “I have here, the chairman of the caretaker committee, former chairman of Kaduna State, the chairman of the 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.
“PDP will see one of the best convention like never before.” Speaking on Atiku’s defection, he stated: “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 politician to move from one party to another.”
Speaking during the visit, Governor Okowa also expressed confidence that the upcoming convention would be successful.
He stated: “A lot has been put on 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 an exciting convention, there is no doubt about that.
“Everything concerning the electoral process has been put in place, the accreditation team by today (yesterday, 06/12/17) will get the last list of the statutory delegates from Osun and Anambra States.”