Abujaâ€”The former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida said yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan should be given a free hand to choose his deputy.
Babangida told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that it would not be fair for anybody or group to impose any candidate that might not be the choice of the President.
â€˜”It will not be fair for some people to choose a candidate for the President on the matter of his vice. My position is that he should be allowed to choose whoever he wants to run the affairs of state with,â€™â€™ Babangida said.
He said Jonathan needed a free hand to choose a vice-president who he thought would help him to pilot the affairs of state at this crucial period in the nationâ€™s history.
The choice of a vice-president has attracted comments from diverse groups and individuals since the death of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua last Wednesday night.
Jonathan was sworn in as President and Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation last Thursday by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Babangida is an aspirant in the 2011 presidential race under the platform of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP)