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2019: Lamido in closed-door meeting with IBB, Abdulsalami


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A former governor of Jigawa State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sule Lamido, on Tuesday visited two former Nigerian military leaders, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

Sources said the meeting with Mr Babangida at his hilltop residence began at 12pm and lasted for two hours.

Mr Lamido thereafter moved to Mr Abdulsalami’s Up-hill residence also in the state capital. The meeting is still holding as at the time filing in this report at 4:15pm.

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Reliable sources said Mr Lamido has begun nationwide consultations on his interest to contest for president in 2019.

It was gathered that Mr Lamido is currently one of the party favorites for the top ticket being a founding member who has never defected to any political party.

The party has suffered leadership crisis recently, leaving the party leaders in dilemma over the clear direction of the party.

On Friday, the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt declared a former governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, as the authentic national chairman of PDP.

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In September last year, the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of PDP and a faction of the party led by Ali Modu Sheriff met in Abuja where they agreed to resolve their differences.

The caretaker committee was led to the meeting by its National Secretary, Ben Obi, while Cairo Ojougbo, the deputy national chairman of the Sheriff faction, led its members.

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But despite the truce, Mr Sheriff did not withdraw his appeal, following a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt order that gave legitimacy to Mr Makarfi as the chairman of the party.

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