I Would Have Joined SDP, If I Was Young - IBB

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 17, 2018

Former Nigeria Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has vowed to support any group that comes out with a template that will ensure the unity and stability of the country.

He also asked the younger generation and women should give their support to SDP because, in his words, the party "is populated by men of integrity, men who when they work, they work well, when they speak, they speak well".

While aligning himself with the Assembly, General Babangida urged them to interact with politicians across the country irrespective of party affiliations, adding that "they (politicians) know what they need".

Babangida, who said he has faith in the political party, added that it was pleasing to hear that SDP has people like Chief Olu Falae, Professor Jerry Gana, and Professor Adeniran.

"After that I said this party is real, because most of the names are names that I have known and I have worked with and for the sake of this country, so I said the party is smart to convinced all these gentlemen to come and join them".

"That is why I did not hesitate to give direction to those who came me to seek advice on which direction to go".

IBB further stated that his vision for Nigeria is the same as the party "the security and wellbeing of Nigerians is very important and you have identified this in your programme". "You must tell Nigerians what you intend to do for them because this is very important".

In his remarks, convener of the movement, Soyode, said the aim of establishing the movement was borne out of his desire to see a better political and democratic system educating the electorate of their power to elect, call to accountability of the elected and having right people in government through the exercise of their votes.

"So, Babangida recruited me into politics 32 years ago and he didn't know it was going be permanent because I thought at the end of my tenure, I will return to my banking industry at Broad Street in Lagos".

Speaking, the SDP National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae said the party's executive were in Minna to solicit for the former leader's support and wise counselling.

He said this on Sunday when he received in audience the newly formed Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) led by its Chairman Tanko Yakasai that politics is all about togetherness and betterment of the country. Accordingly, he said: "32 years and four months ago, I had a privilege of sitting with President Babangida for the first time in council chamber at the Dodan Barack, Lagos". But that was not to be.

He said: "This Assembly is political but non-partisan".

"I am sure you must have heard and read about the killings by the cattle herdsmen and what they did to me".

"The current situation is not good enough for this country".

"Since this present government came on board, the herdsmen seem to think that they now own Nigeria, and it is a lie". "When SDP takes over the government in 2019, by the grace of God, we will reduce corruption to the barest minimum". But if I am totally committed to fighting corruption without bias, people will surely take me seriously.

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