Atiku Shuns Pressmen In Minna, May Declare Presidential Bid After Convention

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Atiku Abubakar
By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who has always been a press delight however on Thursday disappointed news hungry journalists in Minna, the Niger State capital.
The former Vice President and returnee to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party flew into Minna Thursday afternoon for a visit to the Uphill mansion of Nigeria’s former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
His visit, described by one of the party’s stalwarts in Minna as a ”purely private affair”, nonetheless has left many political observers doing guess work and hypothetical permutations.
But a source within his budding political camp told our correspondent that a definite statement may soon emerge soon after the Saturday convention of the PDP even as he urged journalists to keep their ”turgid pens” till then.
“Atiku would declare to run for president on the ticket of the PDP after the convention of our party” the source said.
Atiku had ditched the All Progressives Congress, (APC) recently when he defected to the opposition PDP. He arrived at the Minna airport aboard a private aircraft branded T 7 AAA shortly after midday.
He was received at the airport by the Deputy Governor of Niger state, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso and a crowd of stalwarts of the People’s Democratic Party in the state led by immediate past Governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, state Chairman of the party, Barrister Tanko Beji, his Deputy, Aminu Yusuf, Senator Shem Zagbayi Nuhu and the Secretary of the party in the state, Umar Santali.
At the residence of former military President Babangida, Atiku, General Babangida along with former Niger state Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu sneaked into seclusion for a meeting which started at about 12:45pm.
At that point, the Deputy Governor, of Niger state tactfully eased himself out of the house immediately when the meeting between the trio started.
Lest than an hour afterwards, former Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu also emerged from the meeting and equally left the house.
The private meeting between IBB and Atiku lasted over one and half hours after which he left for Abuja through the Minna airport declining to speak to the press.
All attempts by anxious newshunters who had milled around the palatial residence of former military President were parried as the former Vice President shunned all entreaties to have him say a word.

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