- Former military president general Ibrahim Babangida urged the younger generation and women to give their support to SDP because it is populated by men of integrity
- Babangida pointed out that the vision he has for the country is the same vision that is shared by those driving the party
- Babangida also advised the leadership of the party to make its manifestos public to Nigerians, so they could be held accountable
Former military president and chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) General Ibrahim Babangida on Sunday, April 15, declared his support for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) led by former Secretary to government of the federation Olu Falae over the 2019 general election.
Vanguard reports that Babangida made this endorsement while speaking with the national leadership of the party who visited him at his hill-top mansion in Minna.
''If I hadn’t been too old, I would have loved to join the youths vanguard of your party. I have faith in the political party, for what it is and what it stands for.
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''When I heard in the news that a party has come on board, the first thing that occurred to me was that the name sounds familiar, so I made a decision that I will wait and see how it plays out.
General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), ''I was looking at how SDP will populate itself. And then the next pleasing thing that I heard was that it has people like Olu Falae, Professor Jerry Gana, Professor Adeniran.
''After that I said this party is real, because most of the names are names that I have known and I have worked with and for the sake of this country, so I said the party is smart to convinced all these gentlemen to come and join them.
''That is why I did not hesitate to give direction to those who came to me to seek advice on which direction to go.”
Babangida pointed out that the vision he had for the country was the same vision that is shared by those driving the party, adding that ''the security and well being of Nigerians are very important and you have identified this in your programme, so Nigerians must rally round you and support you to ensure that this is realizable.''
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Babangida urged the younger generation and women to give their support to SDP as it is ''populated by men of integrity, men who when they work, they work well, when they speak, they speak well.''
Babangida then advised the leadership of the party to make its manifestos public to Nigerians, so they could be held accountable.
In his address earlier, the national chairman of the party Chief Olu Falae said they were in the state to see General Babangida as part of the party’s nationwide consultation to brief him on the activities of the party and to solicit for his support and wise counselling.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Babangida denied statement credited to him in the media that he asked Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Babangida made the denial on Sunday, February 4, when making clarification about an earlier statement where he was said to have urged Nigerians to cooperate with Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.
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