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Kingsley Moghalu Meets Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)
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Kingsley Moghalu Meets Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)

Former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu on Tuesday held meetings with former heads of state – Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida – in Minna, Niger State. Moghalu, who is also a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said he held discussions with the former leaders on the state of the nation. “Consultations on the state of the nation…visited and met today in Minna with former heads of state H.E. Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR and H. E. Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) GCFR. Profound discussions on the path forward for national stability and progress,” he tweeted. Moghalu said Abubakar holds a traditional title in Nnewi, Anambra State and that the former head of state was passionate about industrialising the town. “Incidentally, although I am ‘onl...
MKO Abiola: Why Obasanjo, IBB, Jonathan Were Absent During June 12 Celebration – Balarabe Musa
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MKO Abiola: Why Obasanjo, IBB, Jonathan Were Absent During June 12 Celebration – Balarabe Musa

Balarabe Musa, Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, and former Governor of Kaduna State, has adduced two reasons why former presidents and heads of state were absent at the June 12 Democracy Day celebration in Abuja. It was reported that Obasanjo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Yakubu Gowon, Babangida, among others were not present at the event. Obasanjo, however, claimed that he was not invited for the national event. Reacting to their absence, Musa said the former presidents may have been frightened by the way President Muhammadu Buhari went about the celebrations and what he said few days to the event. The elder statesman stated that the former leaders could be afraid that they might be indicted if Buhari had decided to investigate circumstance...
Abiola: The President Nigeria Never Had
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Abiola: The President Nigeria Never Had

Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s march to prison was as dramatic as the man himself. When a detachment of about 600 policemen led by a Commissioner of Police, A. Enudi, and assisted by Yakubu Mohammed, stormed his Abiola Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos residence on Wednesday, June 23, 1994, to effect his arrest, Abiola was in his best elements. Introducing humour into a very serious matter, he told the security operatives: “I am your commander-in-chief. I have no grudge against the police because you are doing your work. As a commander-in-chief, I expect you to perform, but Allah forbids that I should send you on this type of assignment.” Sacred mandate Despite the drama, Abiola was arrested and detained until he died on July 7, 1998, a month after his jailor, Gen. Sani Abacha. Until ...
IBB calls Buhari a Role Model to Politicians
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IBB calls Buhari a Role Model to Politicians

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a role model to politicians in the country. Babangida, in his congratulatory message to Buhari to commemorate his 76th birthday tomorrow, said the President has   particularly become an excellent role model to many young aspiring politicians and also to the not so young. According to him, Buhari, despite the numerous problems and challenges, had succeded in binding Nigeria and Nigerians together. “President Muhammadu Buhari   is an excellent role model to many young aspiring politicians and even to the not so young because of the way and manner you have managed to sustain the survival of our country as an indivisible one nation albeit in the face of many daunting diversions”, th...
IBB’s Son Disowns ‘Vote Out Buhari Statement’, Releases Authentic Statement
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IBB’s Son Disowns ‘Vote Out Buhari Statement’, Releases Authentic Statement

The son of former Military Head of State, Mohammed Babangida has through a media aide discredited the statement released by Kassim Afegbua on behalf of the former head of State, Ibrahim Babangida.   He stated the statement personally signed by the former military president is his true position on the state of the nation.   He said Gen. Babangida would not issue a statement without reading thorough it thoroughly to ensure that it represents his opinion.   He said Afeghua was not authorized to issue that statement purportedly on behalf of Gen. Babangida.   He said Afegbua was told to withdraw it but he declined and instead insisted it was authentic.   Mohammed stated unequivocally that the statement released by Mahmud Abdullahi, as reprod...
‘My Original Statement Stands’ — Babangida Finally Speaks
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‘My Original Statement Stands’ — Babangida Finally Speaks

Former Military President Ibrahim Babangida has spoken on the controversy around the statement he issued about the 2019 elections. In the statement well-circulated in the media on Sunday, the retired military ruler, better known as IBB, asked Nigerians to have patience with President Muhammadu Buhari till his tenure ends in 2019. He also harped on the need to have a new breed of leaders. But shortly after that statement signed on his behalf by Kassim Afegbua, his spokesman, was made public, a counter-statement was released. The new statement denied some of the critical issues raised in the previous one, saying IBB had “unfettered channel of communication with the highest authorities”. But in a chat with THISDAY, the elder statesman said: “original statement still stands”. T...
Babangida Denies ‘Vote Out Buhari’ Letter
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Babangida Denies ‘Vote Out Buhari’ Letter

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has said that a two-party system remains the best for the country . He stated this in a statement issued on Sunday evening in Minna, in which he disowned the earlier statement credited to him by his spokesman Kassim Afegbua, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari should not contest in 2019. Buhari said in the statement personally signed by him: “My attention has been drawn to a press statement on the State of the nation with a particular reference to 2019 general elections and beyond. “Let me categorically state that as a former President and Statesman, I have unfettered access and channel of communication with the highest authorities in the country without necessary going public with a sensational state...
IBB’s First Statement Is The Real One – Shehu Sani Speaks On Counter Statement
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IBB’s First Statement Is The Real One – Shehu Sani Speaks On Counter Statement

    Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central has claimed that former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, indeed issued a statement telling President Muhammadu Buhari not to stand for re-election next year.   Babangida’s spokesman, Kassim Afegbua in a statement issued on Sunday allegedly on behalf of Babangida quoted him as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should step aside after 2019.   However, there was another controversial statement, wherein the ex-military ruler was said to have disowned the earlier statement.   Reacting, Shehu Sani stated that the first version was the real statement by Babangida.   “The first statement carried the real message. The counter statement was simply a phase in the drama. ...
El-Rufai’s Report: Edwin Clark Tells Nigerian Government What To Do
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El-Rufai’s Report: Edwin Clark Tells Nigerian Government What To Do

South-South leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC, to forward the recommendations of its committee on restructuring to the National Assembly as a way of showing faith in the work of the committee.   The Ijaw leader also challenged the Niger Delta region to familiarise themselves with the issues concerning restructuring as a way of sensitising the grassroots on the issues ahead of a possible referendum.     Clark spoke against the background of the submission of the report of the APC ad-hoc committee on restructuring.   The Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State-led committee had amongst others, recommended devolution of powers and state police.   Reacting, Clark said: “I have read the ...
Yorubas Always Regret Associating With Northerners – Doyin Okupe
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Yorubas Always Regret Associating With Northerners – Doyin Okupe

Former aide to the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has said that he and other politicians from the South West have always known that associating with the Northern political elites is regrettable.   Doyin said any Southwest politician can come out to prove him wrong adding that most northern politicians he had worked with played very selfish and parochial politics.     The former Presidential aide said this in a post he shared on Facebook where he maintained that the northern political elites often time, make them, the southern collaborators look like saboteurs of their people.   Doyin wrote, “I chose politics over Surgery.   “In choosing politics I also chose a party, NPN, with a national outlook than the regional par...
PDP: IBB Loyalists, Jonathan, Adeniran Tinker With ‘National List’
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PDP: IBB Loyalists, Jonathan, Adeniran Tinker With ‘National List’

The tension over the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) heightened yesterday with the founding fathers of the party, loyalists of former President Ibrahim Babangida and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan launching a counter plot against governors, The Nation gathered. Apart from breaking the ranks of the governors, the founding fathers, who are being led by Babangida and Jonathan, are also said to be tinkering with a “National List” for delegates to avert a post-convention crisis. The founders of the party, including members of the Board of Trustees, have remained adamant on the zoning of National Chairman to the Southwest. It was also learnt that there is pressure on Dr. Jonathan to call the PDP governors, who are being coordinated by Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ayo Fayo...
NewsPolitics PDP Owns President Buhar’s APC Government – Ex-Governor Sule Lamido
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NewsPolitics PDP Owns President Buhar’s APC Government – Ex-Governor Sule Lamido

A former ​governor of ​Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, ​has declared that the President Muhammadu Buhari APC led government is owned by his party, the PDP. The PDP presidential aspirant, who recently declared his intention, stated this in a chat with ​Premium Times. Noting that APC cannot keep Nigeria united​, Lamido said “I am not being critical, but if you analysed what is going on today, compared to three years ago, you can see the concern in Nigeria.​”​ ​Reacting to moves by some APC members to return to the PDP, Lamido said: “At the time they left the party, there were indeed some worries within the party. That kind of worries and concern were raised by the seven governors who formed the nucleus of, not opposition really, but maybe raising the alarm that there is problem ...
General Babangida Endorses Raymond Dokpesi For PDP Chairmanship
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General Babangida Endorses Raymond Dokpesi For PDP Chairmanship

Ibrahim Babangida, former military president on Thursday endorsed Raymond Dokpesi for the position of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Babangida made this known when Dokpesi paid a courtesy visit to his residence in Minna. He urged party faithful to use the convention to uphold the visionary ideals of the founding fathers of the party based on democratic tenets. “Democracy is about choice and only people with vision, courage and strong commitment to the unity of the country such as you can lead the PDP. “Politicians should always have a vision for a united and strong Nigeria as a shining example of democracy in Africa,” Babangida said. The former military president described Dokpesi as a strong pillar in the country’s democracy. “Therefore, I h...
Lady Dragged To Court For Cutting Off Confidant’s Tongue
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Lady Dragged To Court For Cutting Off Confidant’s Tongue

A 29-year-old lady, Iretioluwa Biodun, has been dragged to court for allegedly cutting off the tongue of her neighbour and confidant, Babangida Sulyman, in Ogudu area of Lagos State. The lady, who carried out the act last week Tuesday, was charged to court on Friday. Biodun, who stays at Alhaji Abass Street, Ogudu, with her elder sister and the husband, was said to have struck a relationship with Sulyman, who is the son of her landlady, resulting in her sending him on several errands. The bond between Biodun and Sulyman, 23, was said to have been so strong until some months back when he turned down requests to purchase things for her mum’s tenant again. This was said to be based on the instruction of Sulyman’s mum, Hassanat Ali, in March 2017. This drove a wedge between the ...
Nasarawa Lawmaker Accuses Obasanjo, Others Of Searching For Buhari’s Successor
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Nasarawa Lawmaker Accuses Obasanjo, Others Of Searching For Buhari’s Successor

A lawmaker, Mr. Kassim Mohammed Kassim, has alleged that “a search for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor” by three former leaders is a “conspiracy against good governance” which Buhari is entrenching through the fight against corruption. Speaking under the aegis of The Democratic Youth Congress, Kassim accused the past leaders, notably ex-presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-military ‘president’ Ibrahim Babangida and ex-military Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar, of not being comfortable with Buhari’s stance towards corruption. The national chairman of the group, Kassim, who is also a member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly representing Akwanga South, made the assertion in an interview in Lafia on Monday. Kassim said: “I debunk media reports of purported hunt for the repl...
Buhari’ll Run Again In 2019 – Group
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Buhari’ll Run Again In 2019 – Group

A campaign organisation for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 has declared that the president would return back hale and healthy and would seek for a second term in office. The Group, the Democratic Youth Congress (DYC), said the two years of President Buhari-led APC administration in the country had impacted positively on Nigerians than the last 16 years administration. Addressing newsmen, in Abuja, the National Chairman of the group, Hon. Kassim Mohammed Kassim, said President Buhari had, in the last two years, laid the foundation for good governance in Nigeria, while urging Nigerians to support the government in order to sustain its efforts at building a peaceful and enduring democratic legacy in the country. He described as ‘mischief media reports’ a purpor...
Southeast Group Slams IBB Over Calls For Nigeria’s Restructuring
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Southeast Group Slams IBB Over Calls For Nigeria’s Restructuring

The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) has faulted former military president Ibrahim Babangida over his call for restructuring of Nigeria. In a statement in Enugu signed by its Secretary, Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, the group said Babangida belonged to the club of the elite who bluntly refused to accept that the style, manner and format of the creation of the existing 36 states were a huge source of grief to millions of Nigerians and therefore, the real bone of contention. Gen Babangida (rtd) had on Monday said the time had come for Nigeria to be restructured. Babaginda, who urged leaders across the aggrieved parts of the country to show maturity, insisted that war is not a “joke anyone should toy with.” Reacting, however ECA noted that any restructuring that tended to mainta...
Why I Annulled June 12 Election – Babangida
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Why I Annulled June 12 Election – Babangida

Former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, has revealed reasons he annulled the June 12, 1993 Presidential election which Bashorun MKO Abiola, was adjudged the winner. Babangida said he was compelled to nullify the election because of security threats to the enthronement of a democratic government at that time. Babangida gave the reason yesterday on a TV programme, Moments with Mo, anchored by Mo Abudu and broadcast on MNet channel of DSTV. Babangida, who described the annulment as “unfortunate” revealed that he would launch a book on the saga next year. He also said that having been in government at the time, he and the Armed Forces Ruling Council, AFRC, knew that the new democratic government to be installed would sooner than later be toppled through another mi...
2 Men Rape 1-Year-Old Baby In Katsina
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2 Men Rape 1-Year-Old Baby In Katsina

Call them monsters, you may be right. Others may even prefer to tag them minions, which may also fit. The description is not what the police in Katsina are looking for at the moment. They are searching for two men who took turns to rape a year old baby right in the presence of her mother. With the manhunt not yielding any result and the initial two suspects arrested now free, the traumatised mother of the defiled baby last weekend fled her village with the victim, obviously for safety of mother and child. Disturbing rise Some of the rape reports may well be described as bizarre even as the perceived motives remain mind-boggling perhaps comparable only to the age-long tales by moonlight. When in March a 57-year-old Katsina man defiled her seven months old step-daughter, he justif...
Falana Tackles Obasanjo, IBB, Atiku Over Private Universities
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Falana Tackles Obasanjo, IBB, Atiku Over Private Universities

A Lagos-based lawyer, Femi Falana, on Thursday blasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his vice, Atiku Abubakar, over their ownership of private universities. Speaking at the launch of civic media lab, a joint project of citizen platforms Sahara Reporters and Budgit, Mr. Falana said the pension benefits of Messrs. Obasanjo and Abubakar are not enough to build a primary school, yet they own universities. Commenting on how leaders appropriate illegal wealth to themselves while in office, Mr. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, questioned where the former leaders got their monies from. He explained that politicians advocating for restructuring of the nation are the same men who “restructured” the economy of Nigeria against the common people. Mr. Falana said, “These guys w...
Babangida Sent A Bag Of Money To Buhari In 1988 – Biographer Reveals What He Did
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Babangida Sent A Bag Of Money To Buhari In 1988 – Biographer Reveals What He Did

‘IBB sent bag of money to Buhari’ ·President distributed it to the poor —Biographer Controversies over the contents of President Muhammadu Buhari’s authorized biography are not going to be over soon. Allegations of money exchanging hands between the president and the man who toppled him in 1985, General Ibrahim Babangida, are in the book titled “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.” According to accounts on page 35 of the book, after General Buhari was released from detention in 1988, IBB sent him “a bag of money” which he (Buhari) “distributed to the poor.” “Buhari had married Safinatu Yusuf in 1971, and they had five children, a son and four daughters. In the end, Buhari and Safinatu would be divorced in 1988. He would marry Aisha Halilu in 1989, after...
30 Private Jets At Babangida’s Daughter’s Wedding
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30 Private Jets At Babangida’s Daughter’s Wedding

Yesterday, the daughter of former Head of State, Gen. IBB, married her husband in Minna, the capital of Niger State. The wedding was held in the prestigious mansion of Gen Babangida. See how Nigerians reacted to the news of the wedding and also to the 30 private jets were spotted in Minna.
Awolowo Gave Western Region In 7 Years What British Couldn’t Give Nigeria In 50
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Awolowo Gave Western Region In 7 Years What British Couldn’t Give Nigeria In 50

Professor Banji Akintoye was close to the sage, Pa Obafemi Awolowo, when he was alive. The senator speaks on what papa’s view would have been like if he were to be around now that the country is beset with serious challenges in many fronts, in this interview with BOLA BADMUS. Excerpts: IT is 30 years since Chief Obafemi Awolowo, went to the world beyond. Who was this man that everybody keeps talking about in glowing terms? To us, to people like me, who walked by his side, he was a very special gift to all of us. He was a special gift to our world, the world of a Black man of Nigeria and of the Yoruba nation. The impression I always had about him is that he knew quite early that he was a special gift and he was ready to give that gift fully without looking for anything for himself. He...
Senators React To Obasanjo, Babangida And Abdulsalami’s Meeting In Minna
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Senators React To Obasanjo, Babangida And Abdulsalami’s Meeting In Minna

Some senators and credible sources at the APC secretariat who spoke with our correspondent last night said the Minna meeting of the three former Nigerian leaders –Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar – was not unexpected. One of the senators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was no way Obasanjo, Babangida and Abdulsalami would sit in isolation for over two hours and just exchange pleasantries. He made reference to the long press release issued by a chieftain of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande on the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari. “The life of everyone is in the hands of our Creator; nobody is saying Buhari is dying but there’s the need for fresh approach to how his health issue is being handled and what Nigerians are being ...
Babangida: How Us Invited 12nothern Governors To Remove Jonathan
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Babangida: How Us Invited 12nothern Governors To Remove Jonathan

More revelations have emerged on the alleged conspiracy of the US in the electoral defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. Jonathan had claimed that former American President Barack Obama, was responsible for his loss. Jonathan had said, “President Barack Obama and his officials made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and we’re ready to do anything to achieve that purpose. They even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election.” Meanwhile, the US has since denied the allegation, insisting that Jonathan lost the election because Nigerians wanted him out. In an advance copy of ‘Against the Run of Play’, a book written by Segun Adeniyi, Babangida Aliyu, former Niger state governor and...
Who Is The Presidency? –Reuben Abati
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Who Is The Presidency? –Reuben Abati

When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the SGF asking: who is the Presidency? State House correspondents had accosted the then SGF as he left a meeting with the Vice President. It is standard practice at the State House for correspondents to lay ambush. Babachir Lawal obviously did not know that he had been suspended from office. If the Vice President knew, he did not tell him. Again, that is how the Nigerian Presidency works. Once you fall out of line or favour due courtesies may not be extended to you. I was i...
Fayose Condemns Continued Detention Of Suswan, Babangida Aliyu, Austin Okai, Oth
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Fayose Condemns Continued Detention Of Suswan, Babangida Aliyu, Austin Okai, Oth

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has decried the indiscriminate arrest and continued detention of former Governors of Benue and Niger States, Mr Gabriel Suswan and Dr Babangida Aliyu as well the National coordinator of Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF), Comrade Austin Usman Okai, describing their continued detention as further demonstration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government regime of vindictiveness and disrespect for the laws of Nigeria. The governor said there was no law permitting security agents to detain Nigerians indefinitely, adding that; “It is even more worrisome that former Governor Suswan has been in detention since February 26 this year and Austin Okai, who was arrested in Abuja last Sunday, was arraigned in Lokoja Magistrate Cou...
PDP Crisis: Babangida And Dickson In Closed Door Meeting
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PDP Crisis: Babangida And Dickson In Closed Door Meeting

THE Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi met behind closed door in Minna, the Niger State capital, on Wednesday. The meeting took place at the retired General’s Hilltop mansion. According to reliable sources, the meeting was centered around the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party. Babangida is a founding member of the PDP, while Dickson was elected governor on its platform. Dickson, who did not speak with journalists after the meeting, which lasted about one hour, was said to have driven off immediately it ended. Dickson was said to have met alone with Babangida in his private study, away from the prying eyes of aides of both politicians. The source said: “The Governor, after an hour, came out of ...
PDP Can Still Rule For 60 Years – Babangida
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PDP Can Still Rule For 60 Years – Babangida

Former military President Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) says PDP can rule for 60 years “provided it can put its house in order”. IBB said this on Saturday when he received leaders of the party at his Hilltop mansion in Minna, Niger state capital. He claimed that PDP is the only political party, whose presence had been felt, known and accepted by the people. “PDP’s presence is felt not only in Abuja or Lagos, but down to the lowest level,” he said. “If you go to the grassroots, the ordinary man will talk about PDP; that is the asset the party has and should use to spring back to reckoning. “Already, it is accepted and known. All you have to do is work harder and try to convince the people back to your fold.” He also re-echoed his support for a two-party system, and declared that...