Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Finally ,IBB retires from politics

Former military ruler, General Ibrahim BadamasiBabangida has announced his retirement from politics. This happened yesterday in Minna where he cited advancing age.

The retired General, speaking after casting his vote in the Niger State governorship and state house of assembly elections, stated that he would now play the role of an elder statesman rather than actively participate in electioneering, as he was no longer physically fit enough to withstand the rigours of campaigning.

“By the next general elections in 2015, how old do you think I will be? I will be 74 years old at that time and I won’t be able to go from my village to your village seeking for votes. I will rather remain an elder statesman at that time to give advice because I will be quite old at that time and campaigning will be a little bit difficult for me,” he said.

General Babangida blamed the media for circulating ‘inaccurate’ stories on his alleged anti-party activities during the Presidential election of April 16, 2011.

“I read about the allegations of my involvement in anti-party activities in the newspapers and some of the things that are written in the papers never took place,” Babangida said.

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