Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has held a closed door meeting with ex-military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, at his uphill residence in Minna, the Niger state capital. The meeting, according to the Punch, took place on Wednesday, October 18, after Jonathan, accompanied by former Senator Nimi Barigha Amange, who had represented Bayelsa east in the National Assembly, visited the state capital at about 10am.
According to a source familiar with the meeting, only Jonathan and Babangida met behind closed doors. The source explained that those who accompanied Jonathan waited in another part of the residence while the meeting took place
NGM learnt that the meeting between the two former rulers started a few minutes after 10am and ended at about 12.14pm.
After the meeting, Jonathan reportedly declined to speak to journalists about what was discussed. The former president told journalist that he had not seen General Babangida since he returned from medical vacation and felt it was the right time to do so He also declined to comment on the current political situation in the country, saying he was a retired politician.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has advised Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members not to make the mistake of making wrong choice of National Working Committee (NWC) members at the December convention. Jonathan gave the advice when he received an aspirant for the party’s national chairmanship position, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in his residence in Abuja on Tuesday, October 17. He cautioned that the party could not afford to make mistake in choosing its next national chairman and publicity secretary, describing them as “very delicate positions’’ He said that PDP at this moment, needed courageous chairman, who in the face of persecution, would remain courageous to protect the party’s interest and defend democracy.