The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reconciliation committee met with the former military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, at his hilltop residence in Minna, Niger State capital, on Friday.
At the end of the meeting with Babangida, the Committee led by former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, proceeded to the Minna residence of former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, for a private visit.
Speaking after their meeting with IBB, leader of the committee said the visit was in continuation of the ongoing reconciliation of aggrieved members of the party.
He said IBB was briefed about the steps taken by the committee to reconcile aggrieved individuals within PDP.
“We are here as members of the PDP reconciliation and Strategic committee as part of our nationwide consultation with our leaders which we started at the beginning of the week.
“We planned to start with former Presidents and founding Fathers of PDP. General Babangida is one of the founding fathers of PDP and someone we all respect. We briefed him on the steps taken and efforts made in reconciliation of the party members. We seek for his support, advice and guidance,” Daily Trust quoted Saraki to have said.
The committee said it was committed to ensuring lasting peace and restoring internal democracy in the PDP.
Saraki appealed to members of the PDP to have faith in the committee and its recommendations.
“The committee is committed and we are working to ensure our recommendation are kept. We won’t allow anyone to tamper with our recommendation. We will ensure that there are fairness and equity,” he said.
He stated further: “We appeal to our members to keep their faith in us, give the opportunity for us to finish our work. Those who are aggrieved should be patient, we will get to them. We are confident that we will do a job that they will be proud of and we will ensure that our recommendation is implemented.”
The Committee also commiserated with the people and government of Niger state, describing the kidnap incident at Kagara and other parts of Niger as unfortunate.
Present at the meetings were former Cross Rivers state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, former Gombe state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwabo, former governor of Niger state, Aliyu Babangida Muazu, former governor of Katsina state, and Ibrahim Shema, former Katsina governor.