Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 March 2013

Nigeria: APC Vindicated My Position on Two Party System - IBB

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Oppositin merger

Former Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, said on Thursday that the emergence of All Progressive Congress (APC) had vindicated his position on a two-party system for Nigeria.

Babangida told newsmen at his hilltop residence in Minna that he had proposed a two-party system for Nigeria but added he was criticised and vilified for the proposal. He said the emergence of APC was an indication that the nation was heading towards a two-party system, adding that APC would provide credible opposition and viable choice to the electorate.

"I was a very good advocate of two parties. When I say two you said I am a soldier, now you have seen reason, I think I am happy," he said.

Babangida, however, declined to answer question as to whether the political development would pose a problem for the PDP by retorting: "PDP or my party? Which one is my party? PDP was my party" and refused to comment further.

On emergence of PDP governors' forum, he said: "I read a column this week about many forums, but what of the ordinary man? It is his vote that determines everything in this country.

"We should not continue to waste our energy talking about appointments when you don't allow ordinary man to be involved," he said. NAN

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