New details today suggest that former military president Ibrahim Bademasi Babangida has endorsed the presidential candidature of Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress candidate.
According to Saharareporters, the shocking revelation comes two weeks after President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, visited the former leader in his home in Minna, and called IBB his “father.”
President Goodluck Jonathan had on December 27, 2014, visited the former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State.
He was accompanied by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; his Chief of Staff, Gen. Jones Arogbofa; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Muhammed; former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Senator Ahmadu Ali among other dignitaries.
Speaking with journalists after the closed door meeting, the President said that he had to visit to the former leader since he has not seen the former President since he returned from hospital abroad few weeks back.
He said: “First and foremost, I have to use this opportunity to appreciate our leader, President Babangida for his leadership. His commitment to ensuring that this country is united and we leave in peace.”
“Of course, you know that this is the end of the year. Within this period, people pay visits. So I have come to visit him. You know he just came back from a hospital abroad, not too long ago. Since he came back, we have not seen. I need to see my father to know how he is feeling. I am quite pleased the way I have seen him.”
“Of course, you all know that as a nation, we are facing challenges: security challenges all over, not just in the North. Yes, Boko Haram in the North. The South is not safe: commercial kidnapping and robbery.”
“He is one of our experienced leaders. As somebody who is sitting where he was before, I need to see them from time to time to listen to their suggestions. That is one of the areas how we can collectively move the country forward and ensure that Nigerians live in peace.”
“That is the key thing and I am quite pleased that we had fruitful discussion.” He added