The former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, yesterday, hosted the PDP committee on strategy and intra-party, at his hilltop mansion in Minna.
The committee which is chaired by Professor Jerry Gana was formed at the twilight of the raging crisis which is crippling the former ruling party. It has paid similar visit to former president Goodluck Jonathan as well as Chief Tony Anenih and Bamanga Tukur.
Speaking when he received the committee, the former military leader IBB, noted that the crisis ridden PDP was formed on the basis of consolidating national interest and not just as a party for political reasons.
IBB stated that the party was founded for the sake of the country which was why the likes of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Theophilus Danjuma, himself and General Aliyu with their Military experiences gave further life to the party at the formative stage.
“The whole essence of PDP is not for the sake of just merely forming a party but is the country we put first, how we get the country, how do we mobilize the people to achieve a common objective for the entire country.
“We are the military wing of PDP and we took a lot of interest and when I said we, I mean my boss TY Danjuma, Obasanjo, Myself and General Aliyu, Mohammed and so on.
“We termed ourselves IRA military wing and thank God we came up with the whole concept, I believed when one of you said PDP will rule for 60 years, I believe him because today if you are looking for a political party that was accepted from top, down to the bottom with its presence not only in Abuja and Lagos but down to the lowest level of ordinary man, we talk about PDP” he declared.
He said the mere fact that the PDP was accepted in the past at all levels and was known to all was enough an asset for the party to get itself back again saying that “I pray it survives the next 60 years”.
He admonished the committee to do whatever it was doing for the sake of the country and not just for the survival of the PDP.
The visit, facilitated by the immediate past Governor of Niger state Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, was led by Former information Minister Prof Jerry Gana who presented a report of the committee to IBB while apparently cautioning against gagging the party from playing its role as a credible opposition.
Key PDP elders on the team included High Chief Raymond Tokpesi, Chief Tom ikimi, Prof Tunde Adeniran, Amb Aminu Wali, Mohammed Imam, Eng Jide Adeniji, Emeka Ihedioha, Professor Rufai Alkali, Former Deputy Governor of Niger state Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi and the Niger state PDP chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji.