Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has said that the intending merger of some political parties to serve as a strong opposition to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) is a welcome development in the nation’s political system.
The former president who was fielding questions from Journalists at his hill top mansion, Minna – Niger state, said as a strong advocate of two political parties for the country, the emerging scenario will surely vindicate him on his stand for two political party system which he said is the only way out for the country politically.
“I have been a very good advocate of two party system for the country since I was the president. When I said we need only two parties some years back, they said I am a soldier and I should shut up but now, many are seeing relevance in my agitation,” Gen. Babangida remarked.
According to him, “I am happy with the merger talk that is going on; it is a welcome political development in our political experience and if it succeeds, it will surely vindicate me and move the country on politically.”
The former military president also lashed out on the country’s political leadership whom he accused of selfishness and not carrying the ordinary man along in the scheme of things.
“ It is unfortunate that the political elites have failed to enlighten the ordinary man and carry them along; nobody is talking about enlightening the ordinary man because they are only interested in their votes and soon forget them after getting to power,” he noted.
He continued, “ the only thing we are busy doing is wasting our energy in fighting on who becomes the chairman of this or that and until we carry the people along and serve them diligently, we will have a long way to go in this country” the gap-toothed general declared.