Five governors will be visiting Minna, the Niger state capital today for a meeting with the two former heads of state Gen Ibrahim Babangida and Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Daily Trust has learnt.
Four governors, Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) and Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto), visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abekuta on Saturday. Today they are expected to team up with their host governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu to meet with Generals Babangida and Abdulsalami. Niger State government spokesman Danladi Ndayebo confirmed that some governors will be visiting the state but did not give details or the purpose of the visit. But a source that follows events on the national political scene said the visit is not unconnected with plans about 2015 general elections. President Goodluck Jonathan himself visited former President Obasanjo in Abeokuta weekend. His visit is seen as an effort to mend fences with former leader who has for long kept away from party and government activities. The four governors also visited Obasanjo same day. Their visit came minutes apart with that of Mr. Jonathan, but they took pains to avoid each other even though they belong to the same ruling party. Man governors in the ruling PDP want to stop President Jonathan from running again in the election insisting he must abide by an agreement he had signed in 2011 not to stand for election this time around. The President’s aides, however, have insisted no such agreement exists. The President himself last year said he would announce in 2014 whether or not he will run for reelection.