A former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for meeting with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently.
Aliyu said the president’s action would encourage healthy rivalry among contending political parties.
Speaking with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in his residence in Minna at the weekend, Aliyu said the president’s gesture has gone a long way to further douse tension in the country.
I am happy with President Buhari for his meeting with opposition. We need a vibrant and strong opposition and the meeting with PDP showed that President Buhari means well for the growth of democracy.
He said the PDP and its teeming members were reassured by the president’s gesture that it can compete in future elections without fear of being muzzled by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
He said what is required for the PDP to bounce back is to put its house in order ahead of the 2019 elections, adding that the recent Supreme Court verdict on the leadership tussle has further boosted its chances in future elections.topics from