IBB Authorised The Statement I Issued - Spokesperson

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Former military President Ibrahim Babangida has spoken on the controversy around the statement he issued about the 2019 elections.

Alhough the Nigerian government is yet to react to the latest onslaught against the President, his spokesman Garba Shehu said last month that his boss has done well considering the mess he met in the office in 2015.

The party said the former president was "clinical in his presentation by touching on the economy, pervasive insecurity, bloodletting across the country, devolution of power, community policing and restructuring".

Reacting to the IBB letter, the People's Democratic Party PDP, in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday described the declaration by former President Ibrahim Babangida as "apt and yet another pointer to the fact that Nigerians across divides have reached a consensus against President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)".

In a statement he issued in Minna yesterday, IBB who gave the challenge yesterday noted that as the next general election approaches, there is need for all hands to be on deck in ensuring success of the polls.

A source close to Afegbua insisted that Babangida did not issue any rebuttal.

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Said he, "They both had the same background; so, I believe that would have been the conversation of military heads of state retired".

"You know, IBB is for everyone, so people want to love him more than he loves himself, people want to appreciate him more than he appreciates himself, people want to play the role of IBB".

Let me categorically state that as former President and Statesman, I have an unfettered channel of communication with the highest authorities without sensational public correspondence, therefore those views expressed over there are personal views of the writer.

"So, the statement stands and I have since communicated to all the media houses that they should respect that statement as coming from IBB".

On the coalition, the APC leader stated, "the appropriate time is not now for the response to the coalition government, but we are in a democracy, in a country that is signatory to the charter of the United Nations which advocates for free movement, free association, free speech. We sat down, we discussed and articulated them and we put them into perspective", he said.

"The fight against corruption must continue to better Nigeria; we urge Mr President to summon an emergency meeting of critical stakeholders to holistically address all lingering issues with some of the aggrieved parties".

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