13 April: Former Nigerian military leader says he’ll run in 2011 elections
- Branko Brkic
- 20 Mar 2018 (South Africa)
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Former Nigerian military leader says he’ll run in 2011 elections
Nigeria’s former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, will run in the country’s 2011 presidential poll, seeking the nomination of the ruling People's Democratic Party. Babangida took power in 1985 in a coup without bloodshed, but was forced to step down in 1993 when he annulled elections, prompting nationwide strikes and protests. He wanted the PDP nomination in 2007 elections, but later withdrew his candidacy. The PDP says its choice for president will be from the mainly Muslim north, which is where Babangida comes from. He’s taken part in three coups, survived a 1990 coup attempt, and calls himself the "evil genius". Current President Umaru Yar'Adua – who’s still in his first four-year presidential term -- hasn’t been seen in public since November last year because of heart problems, so he’s likely to be out of the running. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is from the Christian and animist south, so won’t be a candidate under the PDP's policy of alternating power between northerners and southerners, with each region having two terms.
Photo: Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Nigeria's former President and mediator from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the situation in Guinea, embraces Rabiatou Serah Diallo (R), leader of the National Confederation of Guinea Workers (CNTG) at the Guinean national assembly in Conakry February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Luc Gnago