By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—FORMER Military President, Ibrahim
Babaginda, said yesterday that he was not afraid of pockets of opposition across the county against his interest for the 2011 Presidential election, just as he said the entire process was in the hands of God.
He, however, expressed confidence in his ability to
pick the PDP’s presidential ticket, just as he said he will be a fool to expect everyone in Nigeria to love him.
Answering questions from
newsmen yesterday when he visited the National Chairman of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, ex-President Babaginda said: “2011 belongs to God and I am fully prepared. I will be a fool, if I accept that everybody loves me. But there are also others who do. That’s life.”
On what he discussed with President Goodluck Jonathan,
the general, who described his relationship with the president as very robust, stressed that as a former president, he discussed issues relating to Nigeria with the president.
to him, “of course, we discussed Nigeria. But not what you guys have been insinuating. So, whenever you find two heads of state, they talk about this country, how can we improve this country? What can we do? All the heads of state, about 10 of us still living that’s what we talk.
to most of you, there is a very robust relationship between the family of President Jonathan and the Babangidas. His wife has been very kind, she asks after my children, all the time and I appreciate that. I don’t run away from my friends, my brothers and I had an opportunity to thank the wife, through her husband.
“His wife has taken a lot of interest in my children and I used the opportunity to convey my appreciation to his wife for
his concern about my children.
Sympathize with PDP over fire incident
speaking, the Chairman, Daar Communications and Director General, IBB campaign Organisation, Dr Raymond Dokpesi, who noted that the visit was to sympathize with the party on the fire incident that razed the building, said: “We are deeply touched by the unfortunate fire incident
and we believe that as members of our great party, we will be there to assist. We intend to send a set of engineers to be able to assess and see what kind of contributions we can make as members of the party.
will do everything within our powers to ensure that we comply with the rules and regulations of the forthcoming presidential primary, for which the organisation is working very assiduously”.
Lagos campaign group drums support for IBB
General Babangida’s interest in the 2011 presidency on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, got a boost yesterday in Lagos when the state chapter of IBB 2011 campaign organisation staged Lagos Walk for IBB to sensitize the public on the general’s candidacy.
walk, which took off from Allen Avenue round about to the Lagos office of the group, witnessed the presence of thousands of PDP supporters and their sympathizers across the 20 local government areas of the state.
According to the state branch of the organization,
Prince Ebunola Martins the event was organized to let the world know that IBB as he is fondly called has grassroots support. “Our members have come out in this number to show the world that IBB has grassroots support in Lagos and in Nigeria as a whole. They have come to show their support for him because they believe he had done so much in the past for this nation and will do even better today if given the chance.”
Martins who listed the achievements of IBB as military head of state to include the establishment of the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure; National Directorate of Employment; Peoples Bank; Better life for Rural Women, Federal Road Safety Commission etc, said
that these were institutions that touched the heart of the nation and the well being of its citizens.
described IBB as the best material among the those jostling for the PDP ticket and urged the leadership of the party to give Nigeria the best.
said that the blanket supported reportedly given to President Jonathan by the South West leaders was a none issue, saying that Yorubas are too sophisticated to be led by the nose. According to him “IBB is more favoured in the South West than anyone else .
Our leaders only
exploited our respect for elders. It is not the culture of Yorubas to express disagreement with elders in the public, but everyone will no doubt answer his father’s name when moment of decision comes”