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.

According 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.

“Unknown 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

Also 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.

“We 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

Meanwhile, 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.

The 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.”

Prince 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.

He 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.

Martins 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”

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Comment by Soji Sugre on September 11, 2010 at 4:08pm
IBB should be allowed to contribute his own quota towards the development of this nation. Sentiment apart, the handwritting is still on the wall, the GOOD aspect of IBB during his reigh was more than the BAD aspect, if there was bad at all i.e. 3rd Mail land Bridge, Road safety, Civil Defence etc. Haba! this man tried. Will somebody tell me of Head of State / President that ever generated job like IBB?
I'm not a politician please, but the truth need to be told. Thanks.
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Comment by Pst Omoisi Godspower .O. on September 11, 2010 at 12:36pm
IBB should go on retirement and play and advisory role to the country must expecially on how to protect our economy from the hands of Hoolums and save the name of our great country from shame.
Comment by nanpi on September 8, 2010 at 2:22am
you see my problem with this good genius ba? they way he rationalizes things. well he has only proven to himself who he is not me especially. which ever thought of superior wisdom he things he possesses has been rubbished in the dirt, time has taken a toll on you never to be rewind. lest i forget are your children representing Nigeria now abi na only you and dem be Nigeria. you people just keep taking us for granted how would a "potential president" of a problem ridden country like Nigeria take the whole time to return a suspect appreciation to a "first lady" who is supposed to be engage in meaningful activities to the benefit of the general public rather than fraternizing with the general genius and family.(na only them loss mother or wife?) um we don die finish for this country God help us from their hands. you can see the card they are playing but in case if you are so blind not to see then you will be in the league of newly recruited mumus under the skin of sages.
Comment by ejobona peter on September 4, 2010 at 9:57pm
let all of us believe that God have all the power and please let us obey God's rule and play according to the doing this God will answer our prayer come 2011and we shall have a God sent president.
Comment by clement remi olanrewaju on September 4, 2010 at 12:49am
No way for IBB in this country of ours agin. He was the one took us to where we are today.
Comment by Lawal Bala on September 3, 2010 at 6:01pm
IBB is our choice 2011 insha'Allah.He is going to be our new elected leader insha'Allah.IBB will make a change in our country,lets give him a chance.
Comment by osasu uyigue on September 3, 2010 at 3:10pm
Comment by Nathan Oparaeche on September 3, 2010 at 1:48pm
It is not enough to say you have the best hands to do the job; a group needs focus and that should come from the vision of the leader. It is also possible to consign the views of the public to waste because you have the wherewithall but the saying 'vox populi, vox Dei' most time has rectilinearity. The sacrifices one makes for his/her country may be just that of eschewing one's ambition. God knows were have stumbled for too long and need a fresh start.
Comment by Mopheed Eldeen on September 3, 2010 at 10:08am
Only God Determine who rules come 2011. Let it lie in the hand pf God. WE have to understand this: What God has ordain Let the whole world come together neither they have the knowledge nor power to avert it. To God belong what is in the heave and the earth and nothing take it course without his knowledge. Our country in the hand of God He will direct us a leader that will have the plight of the masses at heart and not for selfish motive.
Comment by OGBIDIKHE ANDREW IZUAGBE on September 3, 2010 at 7:44am
Thank God that IBB knows God is the one who we choose our next president

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