By Tony Edike
ENUGU—FORMER military president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday, held secret talks with former Biafran leader and chieftain of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in Enugu.
Babangida, who spoke with reporters at Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu after the visit, confirmed that he had reached an understanding with Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki and Gusau to strike an accord.
“We are working together and very soon, we will strike an accord,” he said.
He also sent a message of gratitude to Ndigbo, saying the tremendous following he has in Igboland was informed by his past records. “The records are there and they speak for themselves,” said IBB.
Although details of the meeting with Ojukwu were not made available, as it was held behind closed doors, it was learnt that the PDP presidential aspirant solicited the support of the Ikemba Nnewi for his ambition.
Babangida was accompanied on the visit by former Senate president, Chief Ken Nnamani, former governorship candidate in Anambra state, Chief Obinna Uzor, his campaign coordinator, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, and Ojukwu’s brother inlaw, Ken Joseph Onoh.
Babangida arrived in a helicopter marked 5N-BL which landed at Enugu Airport, closed to traffic since February this year.
After the meeting with Ojukwu, the former military president declined to speak with reporters on the outcome of the meeting but later fielded questions at the airport while leaving the state.
Babangida parried almost all the questions regarding his visit but made a scanty remark. “It was just a courtesy visit. Don’t forget we were all together in the military and as a very senior officer, I owe him that respect. I respect him because he is also an elder statesman,” he said.
When his attention was drawn to the unprecedented crowd that stormed President Jonathan’s declaration on Saturday, Babangida gave no response as he simply clapped his hands for the feat.
But the facilitator of the visit, Ken Joseph Onoh, told reporters that the visit had no political undertone.
According to Onoh, “when it comes to the issue of paying respect to the Eze Igbo (Ojukwu), we all know that he has risen above political issues. Most people that come to visit him come to see him as an elder and basically I cannot confirm to you that the visit was political.
“All I have to say to you is that you know that General Babangida has a lot of friends in the South East.”