Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, met with former military president, retired General Ibrahim Babangida, in Minna.
Atiku, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), arrived Minna Airport in a private jet with registration number T7888 at about 10:45 am, and was received by the deputy governor of Niger State, Ahmad Muhammad Ketso, and former governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu as well as the party’s executives in the state.
The former vice president alighted from the jet to a rousing welcome by party members and supporters who thronged the airport as early as 8am.
The former vice president and his entourage were received at the Hilltop residence of Babangida but Aliyu and others were excused from the private meeting.
About two hours later, Atiku came out wearing a long face and declined to talk to journalists.
He was driven back straight to the airport where he also declined to speak to journalists, who had waited for hours to have an interaction with him. He also refused to wave back at supporters who waited at the airport.
Credible sources said Atiku was in Minna to intimate and rob minds with Babangida on issues that might come up at tomorrow’s convention of the PDP but that might arise ahead of the party’s presidential primaries.
There were fillers that Atiku had for long reached out to Babangida through ex- President Goodluck Jonathan who reportedly “blessed” his return to the PDP but it was not clear if certain things changed yesterday.
On Wednesday, Babangida spoke on Atiku’s return to the PDP saying, “he is a Nigerian, he is allowed to go to any party and our constitution allows it. So, it is not new and there is nothing wrong for a politician to move from one party to another.”
Babangida stated this when the chairman of the PDP Convention Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, accompanied by the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, and top officials of the party met him at his country home in Minna.