Game on: APC leaders visit IBB, hold closed-door meeting
by Isi Esene
Members of the newly formed All for Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday visited the former president, General Ibrahim Babangida at his Hilltop mansion in Minna, Niger state.
This is coming barely two days after its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after a protracted battle to be recognised as a political party.
Among the team who visited the former head-of-state was former Speaker, House of Representatives and now Deputy National Chairman of APC, Aminu Bello Masari; former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasir El-Rufai, who is now the deputy national secretary of the new party; Senator Nafiu Ibrahim from Bauchi State and a woman leader.
The delegation arrived at Babangida’s residence at about 12:30pm on Thursday.
The former leader, who received the visitors at the entrance to his office, later led them to his office where they had a closed door meeting. Security details of the former military president, however, advised journalists hanging around the house to excuse Babangida and his guests.
Earlier, while receiving the NECO Governing Board, the former leader urged Nigerians not to condemn the activities of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as related to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union, saying that lecturers might have had the interest of the nation at heart.
“I think that they do have national interest at heart, but to be honest with you, I think they should not give up in their negotiation with the government and as much as possible, let the public understand the issue at stake.”