28th October, 2010
The Women Leader of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, campaign organisation,Â Chief (Mrs.) Remi Adiukwu-Bakare, has disclosed that there are challenges in sellingÂ the IBB candidacy to Nigerians.
The former Commissioner for Women Development and Poverty Alleviation during AsiwajuÂ Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, however, said all the challenges will beÂ surmounted in due course.
She said that there are so many people who want to identify with IBB but because ofÂ what they are benefiting from the present government, they do not want to identifyÂ with him in the open.
â€œThat does not mean that there are no people who are following IBB with boldnessÂ because they believe him. They want to come along with him. We have a wholeÂ multitude following us.
â€œThose little challenges are there and they are the bane of democracy. Right now,Â Â incumbency is a major thing. That is the major challenge. There is no candidate thatÂ is on the field today that will be able to outwit us,â€ she boasted.
She said that she does not see the presence of other northern aspirants reducing theÂ chances of IBB in clinchingÂ PDPâ€™s presidential ticket as far as the issue ofÂ consensus candidate is concerned.
â€œI donâ€™t see that happening. The whole process is on. He is the best, the mostÂ experienced, those who love IBB love him with a passion, the few that tend toÂ dislike him do so with passion also.
â€œWhen you go to the grassroots, they will tell you that they fared better under him.Â We are mobilising the grassrootsÂ for him,â€ said the Progressive Peopleâ€™s Alliance,Â PPA, governorship candidate in Lagos State in 2003.
Speaking on the insinuation that the ANPP deliberately amended its constitution toÂ accommodate IBB if he fails to get DPâ€™s ticket, she said: â€œIBB is a PDP member andÂ he will continue to be a member. Anybody can insinuate anything.â€