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Nigeria: Bomb Blasts – IBB Under Pressure to Quit Presidential Race

Posted by Admin on Oct 12th, 2010 and filed under Afrique. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has again come under pressure to quit the 2011 presidential race.

A source in his presidential campaign told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND that the pressure peaked at the weekend following the indictment of his campaign manager, Chief Raymond Dokpesi in the Abuja bomb blasts, which claimed over 16 innocent lives on October 1.

Before the bomb blasts, some former loyalists of the former general, popularly called IBB Boys, were said to have asked the former head of state to back out of the presidential race so as to avoid being demystified by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Our correspondent gathered that some northern politicians had calculated that the negative effects the bomb blast saga could have on Babangida may complicate the political load he is currently carrying.

According to them, “Those seeking the consensus option among northern presidential aspirants appear to be getting worried about what they called ‘political liabilities’ of the former military ruler, Gen. Babangida. They are coming to the realisation that somehow, the general has to be made to face the reality of dropping out of the contest.

“Our principal is coming under pressure, even from unusual quarters.”

Leadership 12 October 2010 |Leadership (Abuja)

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