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Friday, August 25, 2017

Buhari Meets With APC, PDP Leaders In Abuja

The APC delegation was led by the Chairman of the
party, John Odigie Oyegun, Former Senate President Ken
Nnamani, Former Information Minister Tony Momoh,
Former Governor of Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva,
and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, among others.
While for the PDP, was the Chairman of the Caretaker
committee of the party Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi,
Senator Stella Omu, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, and Professor
T. Adeniran.
“This visit signifies the unity of Nigeria. It is not a party
occasion. It is not a political gathering. It is a symbol of
our national unity. It is also an expression of the
maturity of our democracy,” the President told the party
leaders at the meeting.
“Multi-party democracy is a very tried and tested form of
government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity
or antagonism. Democracy needs opposition, one which
is vibrant but responsible.”
President Buhari thanked the party leaders for making
the trip to Abuja to welcome him home and called on
them to tell Nigerians in their respective states that he is
grateful to them for praying for his recovery.
Beyond that, the President appealed to citizens to
“continue praying for peace and prosperity in the
country”.
At the meeting, Mr Oyegun, “By this meeting, PMB has
sent out a message that he’s President of all Nigerians,
regardless of party/religion/ethnicity.”
On the part of Markafi, “We assure you of as much
cooperation as an opposition party can give, after all the
role of the opposition is to take over power.
“PDP ready to offer legitimate, decent opposition. We will
do this to keep govt in check, but ultimately for the
benefit of Nigeria
“We will never wish ill of anyone, not to talk of the
person saddled with the responsibility of leading
Nigeria.
“We believe the President of our country — regardless of
what party flag he or she flies — is our President.
“The entire family of PDP joins compatriots in welcoming
you back from your medical vacation. We thank God for
your recovery”.
The President in his response added that “Opposition
does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism.
Democracy needs opposition, one which is vibrant but
responsible.”

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