2023 Presidency: IBB Endorses Atiku? Melaye Sends Message to Ex-military Leader
- A former Kogi federal lawmaker, Dino Melaye, is claiming that Atiku Abubakar has secured the endorsement of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida
- Melaye who expressed gratitude to the former military leader shared the news via Facebook on Friday, January
- The ex-senator revealed that Babangida's position was made known to Atiku's campaign team through Mohammed Babangida on Wednesday, January 25
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Delta - According to Dino Melaye, a former Kogi senator, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has endorsed Atiku Abubakar for president in the coming presidential election.
Via his Facebook page on Friday, January 27, Melaye, the spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential campaign council, stated that this was confirmed in Delta state on Wednesday, January 25, during the commissioning of a project by Atiku.
Melaye claimed Babangida's position was relayed to Atiku’s campaign team through his son, Mohammed.
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"We want to thank the family of Ex President Ibrahim Babangida for endorsing Atiku Abubakar as President of Nigeria.
"This position was expressed by Mohammed Babangida in Delta State on Wednesday during the commissioning of Maryam Babangida Film village and leisure park. Senator Dino Melaye."
2023 presidency: Political calculation as IBB leaves for Germany, Atiku travels to UK
One of Nigeria's former military heads of state, General Ibrahim Babangida, has travelled to Germany.
Babangida was accompanied to Germany on Sunday, January 8, by his second son, Aminu, and a security aide and is expected to return after the general elections.
It gathered that at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, IBB's other children bid him farewell.
Although Babangida's decision to leave Nigeria has triggered suspicions that he is planning to unite with Atiku Abubakar for a secret meeting, a close family source revealed that IBB is trying to evade any controversy ahead of the general elections.
The source also disclosed that the former leader is billed to undertake his usual medical checks.
Pleading anonymity, the source said:
“His Excellency is no doubt averse to being mentioned in and associated with any of the controversies the election may generate and decided to go away.
“Already, some of the presidential candidates have requested to visit him publicly but he refused and decided to go out of the country instead.”