12th November, 2010
Former military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, will storm LagosÂ State, South West Nigeria, on 22 November 2010 to campaign, sources close to IBBÂ have disclosed.
Sources said that Babangida will spend a day in Lagos and will visit the StateÂ Governor, Babatunde Fashola, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and PDP stalwarts,Â before moving to Ogun State.
In Ogun State, Babangida will meet with Governor Gbenga Daniel, the Alake ofÂ Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, and PDP stalwarts.
The director for Media and Publicity for IBB in the South West, Mr. Ebunola Martins,Â was yet to confirm IBBâ€™s visit, but sources said that IBB supporters are alreadyÂ mobilising as preparations are at advanced stage.
Babangida needs the support of delegates from the peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP, inÂ the region during his partyâ€™s primaries to stand any chance of clinching theÂ presidential ticket.
He has not enjoyed much support in the region since his annulment of the June 12,Â 1993 election won by MKO Abiola.
A supporter of IBB told P.M.NEWS that IBB has remained popular among ordinaryÂ Nigerians who see him as a strong and compassionate candidate the country needs.
He said: â€œAlthough some people disagree with IBB, especially with the way the 1993Â election was annulled, for the common man, IBB has remained very popular becauseÂ when he was in power, there was no hunger like this.
â€œPeople were able to feed and live comfortably. IBB has never said that he is aÂ perfect man and we have all made some mistakes in life. But that does not mean thatÂ we cannot redeem our mistakes and impact our society very positively.
â€œThose criticising IBB today are not also perfect people. In any capacity they haveÂ served this country, they have made some mistakes. Does that mean that we shouldÂ throw them away? IBB I know has Nigerian people at heart.
â€œAt his age, he is filled with wisdom and does not want to be president for fame orÂ for money. He wants to serve and give a new direction to Nigeria. That is why weÂ will come out in thousands to support him when he comes to Lagos.â€
Babangida ruled Nigeria after he seized power from Muhammadu Buhari on 27 August1985Â until his departure from office in 27 August 1993.