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Babangida Publicly declares to run for president

Babangida to run for president
Nigeria's former military leader Ibrahim Babangida is planning a political comeback by running for president nearly 25 years after he first came to power in a bloodless coup, his spokesman said on Monday.

Babangida, 68, seized power in the OPEC member state in August 1985 and went on to rule Africa's most populous nation for nearly eight years. He was forced to step down in 1993 after he canceled an election that was generally regarded as fair.

"Yes, General Babangida has decided to contest for the presidency under the (People's Democratic Party) in the 2011 presidential election," spokesman Kassim Afeagbu told Reuters.

"He is only waiting for the party timetable before he will formally declare."

He is the first major politician to publicly announce his intention to run, and he will campaign for a smaller federal government focused mainly on defense, foreign policy and the economy, leaving the rest to the states and local councils.

The ruling PDP party is expected to hold primaries in the next few months to choose their presidential candidate for the general election, which must be held by April 2011.

The race for president is expected to be wide open since many believe ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua will not seek re-election..

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has assumed executive powers in the absence of Yar'Adua, who remains too sick to govern and has been out of the public eye since November.

Though 17 years have elapsed, Babangida's reputation has not fully recovered since he annulled the poll, in a move that paved the way for another army dictator Sani Abacha to take over.

Age old problem

Analysts say voters will also be concerned about his age, reluctant to vote for another leader who may not survive a full four-year term.

"After his June 1993 election problems. He will have considerable challenges in terms of his credibility," said Bismark Rewane, head of Lagos-based Head of Financial Derivatives.

"He will also have a generational problems at his age. You need someone with a lot of vigor and energy to deal with Nigeria's huge problems."

Rewane said Babangida would be good for business as he initiated crucial economic reforms during his administration.

"There's so much bureaucracy in government. It makes government too expensive," Afeagbu said. "He wants to run a slim gove

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Comment by obi on April 14, 2010 at 2:53pm
he is a useless old man. he should stay away. he have ahd enough of hi. He should be in court facing the world court tribunal but now he wants to rule agin. Over nigerian dead body. We need fresh new blood not illiterete like him. pardon my misspellings. too angry to correct but livid to go on writing
Comment by sani umar on April 14, 2010 at 9:27am
MAY GOD NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO THIS COUNTRY. BABANGIDA KNOWS THERE IS NO WAY HE CAN WIN ANY ELECTION IN THIS COUNTRY. HE IS RELYING ON PDP'S RIGGING MACHINE TO GET THE POWER JUST AS OBJ RIGGED FOR YAR'ADUA. THESE GUYS ARE SPENT FORCES. BABANGIDA SAYS HE IS 68 BUT I CAN BET HE IS CLOSE TO 80. WHAT CAN HE OFFER AT THIS LEVEL OF HIS LIFE, NOTHING JUST GREEDINESS.
Comment by Cyril on April 13, 2010 at 2:08pm
He must be a joker as far as am concern. He shouldn't fool himself thinking he's fooling us(Nigerians)
Comment by Omogoroye Festus on April 13, 2010 at 12:58pm
AS GOD LIVETH, HE CAN BE THERE AGAIN.
Comment by Sandra Nnaji on April 13, 2010 at 10:35am
lo!!!! let it not be.......in dis time IBB i makw sure He finish Nigerian.......pls do not vote him...anyways be praying that the lord most high come and fight for our country NIGERIA
Comment by THE QOHELETH on April 13, 2010 at 9:02am
I know IBB wanted to correct his past mistakes. If I were to advise him, he should relax and enjoy his retirement peacefully. But if he wants to run, he can run but only the voters this time can open doors for him to enter. Goodluck to him.
Comment by Maxwell Aruakpor on April 12, 2010 at 9:37pm
is Nigerian a family tree
where one house hold just wake up and rules
anyways am still praying that the lord most high come and fight for our country NIGERIA
Comment by Moses K Tawose on April 12, 2010 at 9:03pm
He has no shame after he flaunder an opportunity what has he got to offer except to continue to kick a dead a horse. Unfortunately Nigeria has reawaken from his slumber ready and willing to fulfill it destiny in the comity of nations. He can continue to dream, but he would never get their again maybe when he comes back to life again it might and could be. He has his chances and blew it big........!!!
Comment by pathguy74 on April 12, 2010 at 8:34pm
He had his moment....enough already.
Comment by Bling on April 12, 2010 at 6:27pm
Good.......finally Maradona will provide boxes,smtps,mailers and other much needed upgrades....
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