Nigerian Ex-Military Ruler IBB Officially Declares Presidential Election Bid

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Nigeria’s former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida has formally declared his intention to seek the ruling party’s nomination for the presidential election next year, a further blow to incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

“(The ruling party) accepts that all of us including Jonathan have the right to contest and I will exercise my franchise,” Babangida said in a speech, a copy of which was read to Reuters on Monday by his spokesman.

Babangida seized power in the OPEC member state in August 1985 and ruled Africa’s most populous country for nearly eight years. He was forced to step down in 1993 after he annulled an election that was generally regarded as fair.

The declaration by Babangida, a Muslim from the northern Nigerian state of Niger, poses a further challenge to any ambition by Jonathan, a Christian from the southern Niger Delta, to seek re-election in the polls due in January.

Former Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, a Muslim from the northern Hausa ethnic group, also formally declared his intention on Sunday to seek the ruling party nomination.

An unwritten agreement in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says power should rotate between the Muslim north and Christian south every two terms, meaning the next president should be a northerner if the principle is maintained.

Jonathan, a Christian from the southern Niger Delta, has not yet said whether he plans to stand, but a bid would need the support of northerners within the PDP to be guaranteed victory in the polls.

The presence of two northern candidates for the PDP primaries reduces his chances of winning their support

Source: Yahoo News

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3 COMMENTS

  1. We are in trouble … If this joker wins I am not moving back to NIgeria like I had planned. He is the person that made cossuption acceptable in Nigeria and since then we have been in the toilet.

    BOOOO IBBB

  2. PLS IBB U ARE AN EVIL MAN, LEAVE NIGERIA SIT ALONE.IT IS NOT YOUR FATHERS INHERITANCE OR IS IT YOUR FATHERS FARM LAND. PLS PROVIDE US DELGIWA AND ABIOLA.

    YOU HATE DEMOCRACY, WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE ELECTED ????

    YOU ARE AN OLD FOOL AND YOU DO NOT THINK.

  3. IBB YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED. WHY YOU NOT HAVE A SINGLE SHAME OF YOUR PAST RECORDS. THAT WHICH YOU DID NOT DO FOR EIGHT YRS IS IT FOUR YRS THAT YOU WILL ACCOMPLISHED IT. MURDERER , A KILLER AND A THIEF.

    YOU CAN NEVER REPENT. GIVE US OUR GOLFWAR WIND FAIL FUND THAT YOU DID NOT DO ACCOUNT. YOU DID ANSWER OPUTA PANEL CALL BECAUSE YOU THAT YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW. MAY GOD PURNISH YOU TEN AS YOU COUNTINUE SEEKING FOR THIS PRESIDENCY AND KNOW THAT YOU WANT TO DIE LIKE ABACHA

    YOU ARE A BAD AND EVIL MAN

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