1 March 2013

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

Photo: Vanguard
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

Copyright © 2013 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.