Babangida Speaks on Tinubu’s Alleged One-Party System in 2027: “Can’t Be Good”

Babangida Speaks on Tinubu’s Alleged One-Party System in 2027: “Can’t Be Good”

  • General Babangida has stressed the incompatibility of dictatorship with civil society, citing Nigerians' historical resistance to such governance
  • IBB highlighted the advantages of a two-party system, emphasizing the ease of decision-making and the reduction of conflicts inherent in a multiparty environment
  • This is as the presidency dismissed the PDP's claims of planning a one-party system under Tinubu's government amid merger talks by opposition parties ahead of the 2027 election journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida has downplayed a one-party political system in Nigeria.

APC govt, Bola Tinubu, PDP, Atiku, IBB
Babangida is not in support of the alleged plan by APC to lead a one-party system in Nigeria come 2027. Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd)
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Ahead of the 2027 general election, the former leader disclosed that Nigerians will not accept a one-party system, adding that the two-party system was the best for the country, PM News reported.

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No plan for one-party rule – Presidency

This comes after the presidency in November 2023, urged the People Democratic Party, (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to stop raising false alarms follwoing the judgement by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

Bayo Onanuga, the special adviser to the president on information and strategy, responding to separate statements by the PDP and the spokesman of Atiku Abubakar, said:

“They threw caution to the winds as they assaulted the integrity of the judiciary and made wild and libellous allegations against President Bola Tinubu."

Onanuga added that the allegations arose in the context of the PDP’s “poor performance” in recent appeal court rulings regarding the election of some of its governors, Channels TV reported.

IBB backs two-party system

Speaking on the development, the former military president who was a guest on Channels TV’s Inside Sources with Laolu Akande, stated that a two-party system would save the country a lot of money and problems associated with a multi-party state.

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IBB said:

“Immediately after independence, Nigeria tended to gravitate towards a two-party system. The number of parties formed a coalition to gain power. It happened in the first and second republics. It showed up again in the third republic and the current republic.
“At the time, we believed Nigerians were capable of a two-party system because it saves you a lot of ‘wahala’ and no rancour. You can choose from A or B.”

Meanwhile, Babaginda ruled Nigeria between 1985 and 1993.

Babangida speaks on gains of June 12

Earlier, reported that Ibrahim Babangida, highlighted the gains of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.

Babangida said he annulled the June 12 election, adjudged as the freest and fairest poll, in the interest of Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Sunday, June 11, by Kassim Afegbua, his media aide, the retired general said political leaders in Nigeria have not exploited the gains of June 12.

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2023 presidency: Babangida opens up on Tinubu's election victory

Meanwhile, the former Nigerian military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd), sent a congratulatory message to Bola Tinubu on his victory in the just-concluded presidential election.

Babangida, in a statement on Wednesday, March 1, hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting the largely peaceful 2023 general elections.

Details emerge as Shettima meets IBB, Abdusalami ahead of Tinubu's presidency also reported that Kashim Shettima, the vice president-elect, has met with the ex-military president, General Ibrahim Babangida and former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, behind a closed door in Minna, Niger state capital.

The former governor of Borno state also visited the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago.


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