2019: Babangida ‘Backs’ Atiku’s Presidential Ambition
When former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar refused to disclose the outcome of his meeting with former military president, Ibrahim Babangida on Thursday, media accounts of the meeting disclosed that Abubakar angrily left his host because he was advised not to run against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The reports further speculated that the unfriendly face Abubakar allegedly wore indicated that he was rejected by Babangida.
Babangida, Nigeria’s military leader from 1985-1993, said media reports that he advised Abubakar not to run for election during a closed-door meeting Thursday was ‘laughable’ because it was ‘sponsored’.
“Anybody who has sponsored such report was just being unfair” to Messrs. Babangida and Abubakar, Kassim Afegbua, a spokesperson for the former military leader, stated Friday evening.
Afegbua said no one knew the outcome of the meeting because it was held behind closed-doors.
The comments came a day after the two leaders met at the hilltop residence of Babangida in Minna, the Niger State capital.
“The report is very, very untrue,” Afegbua said. “When I read the report, I was laughing. Because it is far from what they both discussed.”
“Number one, IBB will not discourage anyone from seeking office. IBB will encourage anyone to seek election,” the spokesperson added.
Afegbua stated that the relationship between his principal and his host remains cordial, warning reporters to stop playing politics.
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