Nuhu Ribadu and Fola Adeola get backing from former military President of Nigeria
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, former military President and previously a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant has endorsed the presidential candidate from the main opposition party. Mallam Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). The endorsement took place at the Hilltop home of the former military President of Nigeria.
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida briefly sort the nomination of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for presidential candidate, but under the auspices of the Northern unity, Mr. Atiku emerged as the Northern consensus candidate but he was defeated in the PDP primary nomination by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Babangida said, “I endorse generational change, which Nuhu Ribadu and Fola Adeola stand for. I have strong faith in them and I believe they can deliver the goods.They are the pair that the country needs to turn its fortunes around.” Commenting on the new generation of leaders he continued,
“I endorse generational change because the future is for the youths and we have to support them. That is why I endorse and support Ribadu and Adeola. We have faith in them and we have hope in them.”
Babangida continued, “Someone asked me who my candidate is and I analysed the situation. The fact is that the country needs people of your age (young people) to take over the leadership of the country. I believe we have to allow generational change, which the ACN candidate represents.”
“I endorse generational change because the future is for the youths and we have to support them. That is why I endorse and support Ribadu and Adeola. We have faith in them and we have hope in them,” IBB concluded.
Ribadu flanked by by ACN national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and other party bigwigs said: “The change has come and your party, our party, the ACN is set to provide this change and take the country to higher grounds.” Ribadu continued, “We are talking about progressives coming together for at least one individual to confront the PDP. We are talking about a progressive candidate, someone who is going to come and solve the problems of our people.”
On the Northern consensus project, Ribadu said, “We believe that Nigeria is one, and our problem as a nation is the same. The problem that is confronting the North is the same that is confronting the South. We need the best, the most competent President that will come and solve the problem of the country. If he is from northern Nigeria, so be it. We are looking for the best person to lead this country.”
Babangida endorsement of Nuhu Ribadu may be beginning of ACN presidential candidate gaining of national recongnition especially in northern Nigeria. But the PDP presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan is waxing stronger and apperars to be making a greater in-roads in northern Nigeria more than any other major presidential candidates in the coming April Nigerian election.