Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Babangida to quit politics in 2015

Former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has said that he will no longer play active politics as from 2015.

General Babangida who was answering questions from newsmen after casting his vote Tuesday said by 2015, age will no longer be on his side as he would be clocking 74 years at that period and will no longer be energetic enough to play active politics.

According to him, "By the next election God willing I will be 74 and you don't expect me to be running around going to our villages seeking for votes, I will be a statesman".

It would be recalled that General Babangida who stepped aside as military president in 1993 attempted to contest the presidency along with the president elect, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan but failed in his bid as former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was nominated as a concensus candidate by the Northern Elders Political Forum.

He traced the low turnout in Tuesday's election to the crisis that engulfed part of the country last week but commended the electorates for the outcome of the election which he described as very peaceful.

When asked whom he was supporting as the next governor of the state, the former Military President simply said, "I am praying hard for my brother and I am confident that he will win" but did not name the brother he was referring to.


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