Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal have visited former military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The visit is part of the duo’s continuous consultation with key national and political leaders on their rejection of the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the ruling All Progress Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election.
A statement distributed to reporters in Bauchi today Wednesday by Dogara’s media aide, Turaki Hassan, said “The dou, accompanied by a former Deputy Governor of Kogi State Simon Achuba met separately with former military president General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in his hilltop residence in Minna, Niger State and former Head of State General Abdusalami Abubakar”.
He said “Although the meeting was held on Monday, the details just emerged. Sources close to the politicians said they were in Minna to felicitate with General IBB on the occasion of his 81st birthday anniversary and also to consult with him on their stance on the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket.”
Dogara and Babachir had recently convened a summit of APC Northern Christian Forum in Abuja where representatives and delegates from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Sources said Babachir, Dogara and other northern Christian leaders in the APC “are consulting ahead before they can take decision on which of the presidential candidates they will adopt and support ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The choice is now between Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.”