Jonathan confers with IBB, Abdulsalami in Minna as noose tightens on Patience, others


Former President Goodluck Jonathan met separately on Tuesday with two former military rulers, Ibrahim Babangida, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, at their Hilltop residences in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Sources said that Jonathan arrived Babangida’s residence at about 11am and spent about one hour with his host before he left for Abubakar’s house situated right opposite IBB’s home.

Jonathan was accompanied to the two former Nigerian leaders by a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, from Zamfara State and his former Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadome, from Edo State.

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan with former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar with others in Minna
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan with former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar with others in Minna

Babangida received Jonathan in his private living room as against the common visitors’ room located downstairs where he usually received ordinary visitors.

The details of the discussions between the former Nigerian leaders were not made known to journalists, but it was gathered that IBB and Jonathan held a closed-door meeting for about 50 minutes and while the meeting was going on, Yuguda and Oghiadome were reportedly left at the living room downstairs.

Sources hinted that despite the fact that the details of the meeting with IBB was not disclosed, the discussion might not be unconnected with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war and how it had been affecting Jonathan’s relations, particularly his wife, Patience.

Unconfirmed sources added that the meeting might have discussed the postponed Edo State governorship election, the 2019 general election as well as the state of affairs in the People Democratic Party.

It was also learnt that the duo of IBB and Abdulsalami in the separate meetings with Jonathan raised concern over the spate of bombings going on in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Avengers and the need to stop the trend.

Jonathan left Minna at about 1pm.

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