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IBB Reveals His Candidate For 2023 Presidency, Tinubu’s SWAGA Reacts


IBB Reveals His Candidate For 2023 Presidency


Former Military President Ibrahim Babangida on Thursday endorsed the candidature of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.

Osinbajo is a good man to lead Nigeria, He said.

IBB stated this when the Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation (OGO) visited him in his Uphill Residence in Minna, Niger State.

He urged the vice president to stay on cause and be resilient.

In his words, “I know the vice president very well. He is a good man. He is a man who has conviction about Nigeria; a man who can communicate with the country and inspire people.

“Such a man is a worthy person to work with. We need a good man to lead Nigeria; a man who has a passion for this country. Nigeria is a good country; the people of Nigeria are good. You must learn to understand people and constant discussion is a key,” he said.

He added, “I want to convey my best wishes to the vice president through you (the group). And I want you to tell him to stay on the course. I know it is not easy but he has the conviction. I wish him the best.”

The former military president also said that he decided to speak to the delegation because Vice President Osinbajo that he knew had what it took to be a good leader.

Earlier, the National Convener of the Organisation, Mr Ojo Foluso expressed joy over the endorsement of their preferred president of Nigeria come 2023 by the former military leader.

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In his words, “We came to consult the oracle and the oracle has spoken. General IBB is an oracle because he understands Nigeria”.

He said that the group would continue to mount pressure on Osinbajo to pick interest in contesting for the presidency.

Also, the Team Leader, Chief Emma Ejiofor, in his speech said that members of the Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation were visiting prominent citizens such as Gen. Babangida for wise counsel because of their sound knowledge and understanding of the country.

“At this moment, Nigeria is in dire need of leaders with conviction and passion for her development and growth,” he said.

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Reacting to the latest development, the foremost pro-Tinubu group, the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) described the purported endorsement of VP Osinbajo by IBB as “a bad market.”

Vice-Chairman of SWAGA, Senator Rilwan Akanbi, in a chat with Daily Trust, said IBB’s endorsement of any candidate amounted to “a wrong endorsement.”

He added that those rooting for Tinubu were not threatened by the purported endorsement.

IBB’s endorsement cannot take any candidate anywhere, He said.

According to him “He (IBB) is entitled to his opinion. Where will the endorsement of somebody that annulled the most democratic, the most transparent election place someone?

“He is the person that annulled June 12. So I want to know where such endorsement will lead anybody.

“He is a wrong person to endorse anybody. I won’t take my endorsement to him. We don’t want such a person to endorse Asiwaju. Asiwaju fought against his regime. They stood their ground when it comes to the annulment of the election which he did.

“So how are we now going to take Asiwaju’s endorsement to his door? He is a bad market, a wrong endorsement. How can IBB endorse somebody and you expect to take that far? It’s like OBJ endorsing you.”

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