- Preparations are already in top gear for Nigerian political elites ahead of the 2023 presidential election
- Two former presidents and their military allies are leading the discussion on how to ensure that the election goes smoothly
- Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and other retired senior military officers are part of the discussions
- Bukola Saraki, a former Senate president, on Tuesday, August 17 shared photos on his Facebook page that captured some moments with IBB
Minna - Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and other senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) officials met at a meeting in Minna on Tuesday, August 17.
Leadership newspaper reports that PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, former Senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Akwa Ibom state governor Emmanuel Udom; former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi and Senator Ben Obi were part of the meeting.
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Shortly after Obasanjo arrived in Minna for the 80th birthday celebration of Babangida, he led other dignitaries into the meeting which was held behind closed doors.
Obasanjo was said to have arrived in the hilltop mansion of the former military president at about 9 am went into the closed-door session with other dignitaries like former minister of Defence, Gen Aliyu Gusau (rtd) and General Aliyu Akilu (rtd).
Daily Sun newspaper reports that there was a beehive of activities at the hilltop mansion of Babangida during his birthday celebrations.
The report noted that as early as 7:00 am, friends, associates, well-wishers, and family friends were trooping into the house in solidarity with the retired general.
Moreover, Saraki on his Facebook page spoke on how he and some notable Nigerians who were present in Minna celebrated with IBB
From the photos shared by the former Senate boss, it was obvious that the celebration was an avenue for a warm reunion.
Recall that the Buhari Media Organisation recently accused a former Nigerian leader of plotting to force President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
The pro-Buhari group made the allegation in a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, in Abuja.
The group claimed that a former president whose name was not mentioned and some other conspirators are behind the plot.
Meanwhile, a group, Rescue Nigeria Economy Project on Tuesday, August 17, said Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation has all the qualities needed to govern a vast multifarious and multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria in 2023.
The group's leader, Dennis Alamu-George said at this point in Nigeria’s history, the country needs a very honest leader like Amaechi, who will tell the people the truth at all times.
He said Amaechi has demonstrated leadership capacity right from a very young age which has seen him occupy the position of Speaker, Governor, Minister, and Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaigns for two consecutive periods.