Former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has said that the 2019 presidential election is not a do-or-die affair but called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make sure the election is free and fair.
The Sun reports that Babangida gave this call when one of the party’s presidential aspirants and former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, visited him in Niger state.
He called on the PDP to learn from its past mistakes which led to its defeat in 2015.
The former head of state spoke after the duo had a closed door meeting with Bafarawa as the latter continues to make consultation for his 2019 presidential ambition.
Babangida noted that the party could not afford any crises and advise that the primary election be conducted freely and fairly.
He also described Bafarawa as ‘upright and honest’ and that “your recent triumph at the court over corruption allegations is a clear indication that you are a honest and transparent person, and Nigerians need someone like you”.
It will be recalled thatS enator Bukola Saraki paid a visit to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Premium Times reports that the Senate president arrived at the home of Obasanjo in the evening on Monday, August 13.
The duo went in for a private meeting after the arrival of Saraki.
Although details of the meeting have not been made public yet, there are rumours it is related to Saraki’s possible presidential ambition ahead of 2019.
Saraki recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party and has been in a tussle with his former party to relinquish his position as Senate president.
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