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JUST IN: IBB denies endorsing Peter Obi for president

Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida has denied reports that he endorsed Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the 2023 general elections.

A Twitter account, General_Ibbro had tweeted on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, that Babangida said he supported the endorsement of Obi by former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

The tweet read; “Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo will forever be a true elder statesman and a boss in the military. No serving General in the Nigerian Army today joined the military earlier than 1982. By then, Obasanjo had already finished his military career. I respect him a lot, with his endorsement”.

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However, Spokesperson to the former military leader, Prince Kassim Afegbua, when contacted, denied that Babangida endorsed Obi, saying IBB doesn’t have a Twitter account.

“It is not true please. Ignore the report of the endorsement. IBB doesn’t have a Twitter handle. If he is going to speak, it will be through a signed statement, not Twitter. Those behind the Twitter statement are liars”.

Meanwhile, the Presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has said he won’t be able to take the endorsements of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former head of state Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

The AAC presidential candidate, who stated this in a video on his Twitter handle, added that he would rather get the endorsements of millions of Nigerians who have no billions of cash.

In a clear reference to Obasanjo’s recent endorsement of Labour Party candidate Peter Obi, Sowore said he would not be endorsed by those whom he described as enemies of Nigeria. 

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He said, “Total liberation is the only solution for Nigeria. Of course I want to win as president of Nigeria but it is not about my ambition but about the people of Nigeria hovering in their pain and anguish in their millions languishing in insecurity, hunger and starvation. 

 “I won’t be able to take the endorsement of Obasanjo and Gen Ibrahim Babangida,” adding that it would be unfair to the people of Odi and Zaki Ibiam as well as the slain journalists like Dele Giwa.

“I will rather be endorsed by the very masses who have not billions of naira in their accounts but are in their millions. I would rather be endorsed by the oppressed who beat the brunt of this vulcaniser economy, which has been imposed on our people and has brought untold hardship.”

He said he would rather be endorsed by those who fought against SAP and those who participated in the EndSARs protest. 

Sowore added that he would rather be endorsed by the northern talakawa who have been attacked by Boko Haram, Bandits and Iswap.

He said, “some are desperate to be endorsed by the enemies of our people.”

Also in his Twitter handle he said “Obasanjo’s repeated endorsement of @peterobi shows once again that the overrated three-time Nigerian ruler fetishises the ruination of Nigeria.” 

“For us, we crave and are satisfied with the endorsements of the people!#WeCantContinueLikeThis #HappyNewYear #RevolutionNow,” he said. 

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