Jonathan sneaks into Minna, visits IBB, PDP leaders

By Ummi Ismaeel,
The immediate past President, Dr. Goodlock Ebele Jonathan, on Wednesday breezed into Minna, the Niger State capital, in what is believed to be part of the build up to the 2019 general elections.

On arrival to Minna, Jonathan proceeded to the home of the former Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) by road in a con-void.
Jonathan was welcomed by Babangida at his Hill Top residence at about 10.30am and immediately began ‘‘a private meeting’’.

It was gathered that the immediate past president came with one of the state’s 2019 PDP gubernatorial aspirants, Alhaji Hanafi Mu’azu Sudan.
It was learnt that the two were also at the meeting that reportedly lasted for about two hours with General Babangida; as Goodluck Jonathan and his entourage were seen driving out of Minna at about 1:00pm.
Details of the discussion were not known; but the presence of Hanafi Sudan at the discussion fueled speculations that it would not be unconnected with the gubernatorial primaries of the PDP in the state where Hanafi Sudan intends to contest.
Our correspondent also learnt that Babangida had while the meeting lasted sent for the state PDP leaders, among them the state party chairman, Alhaji Tanko Beji, and the immediate past Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
It was further gathered that the state PDP chieftains invited during the meeting were designed to meet General Babangida this weekend.
Jonathan was in Minna on October 17, 2017, a few days to the PDP National Convention and the recent visit may not be unconnected with the ongoing re-strategizing within the party ahead of next year’s general election.

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