IBB: The Godfather never sleeps

A major player in he Nigerian political scene, former president Ibrahim Babangida, popular as IBB, has in recent times shown that he has not completely lost his grip on the Nigerian power equation. His less than usual vocal nature reared its head recently where he was reported to have sought justification of June 12 1993 presidential election, adjudged the freest and fairest in the country since independence. He annulled the election before the result was announced.

Despite the fact that he has openly supported the coalition movement spearheaded by his fellow musketeer and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Babangida recently hosted the National working committee of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, in his Hilltop Mansion in Mina.  The committee was led by the recently elected Chairman, Uche Secondus, and comprised the PDP spokes person, kola Ologbondiyan, the women leader, Hajia Maria Waziri, among others.The meeting, it was gathered was not unconnected with the 2019 presidential election and the selection of the party’s flag bearer. Already, Obasanjo has been in the limelight of charting a new course on the issue, though hey have only one ares of agreement: Buhari should not continue. Babangida has in recent times championed the course of youths taking over the leadership of the country. His call has resulted in some youths, regarded as political green horns-for example, the publisher of Sahara reporters, Sowore, who is believed in some quarters to be fronting for a political gladiator- since the known names are old names in the game.

He had hosted the the newly formed Northern elders forum,

led by Alhaji Tanko Yakasai a day after he

he received a delegation of YES Nigeria Movement, led by its convener, Ali Soyode..
It will be recalled that the current onslaught against the ruling APC government started with a closed door meeting of the Quartet of Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Theophilus Danjuma. Subsequent meetings had Garba Wushishi , another powerful retired General in attendance.

 

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