Former military dictator and 2011 presidential dreamer has caused a stir in the People’s Democratic Party’s camp by declaring open support for anti corruption crusader, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
Babangida unceremoniously ditched his support for People’s Democratic Party by ratifying the presidential candidature of Action Congress Mallam Nuhu Ribadu claiming the nation needed him at this point in time.
By his announcement last weekend, Babangida has indirectly offered a message of signed voters card to many voters in favour of Ribadu, urging voters to turn up en-masse to vote the former anti corruption crusader as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s endorsement of the presidential flagship of the Action Congress’ duo of Nuhu Ribadu and Fola Adeola has been seen in political circle as a major breakthrough for the ACN camp in the light of his(Babangida’s) political weight in the north and his high powered economic and social influence.
Babangida described the duo of Ribadu and Adeola as the pair that the country needs to turn its fortune around in this new era of young leaders emerging across the world.
The former political schemer ams master maneuverer made the statement when he hosted the ACN’s campaign train at his hilltop residence in Minna during the party’s rally in Niger State.
He said that the country needed the youths to assume leadership, adding: “I endorse generational change, which Ribadu and Adeola stand for. I have strong faith in them and I believe they can deliver.”
He expressed, cuddling the duo: “The fact is that the country needs people of your age to take over the leadership of the country. I believe we have to allow generational change, which the ACN candidate represents”.
“I endorse generational change, because the future is for the youth and we have to support them. That is why, I endorse and support Ribadu and Adeola. We have faith in them and we have hope in them.”
Ribadu was accompanied by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande and other chieftains of the party to the residence of the former dictator.