By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA—PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant and former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday, confirmed the death threat on his Campaign Co-ordinator, Chief Raymond Dokpesi saying “the threat is real.”
This came as the former military president is set to formally declare his presidential bid at the Eagles Square, Abuja tomorrow.
General Babangida who spoke with newsmen in Minna, Niger State said: “The threat to my campaign co-ordinator is real and we have taken steps to alert the nation on it by reporting to the appropriate quarters.”
The presidential aspirant confirmed that the threat to Chief Dokpesi’s life were through series of anonymous letters and telephone calls in a bid to scare him from doing his job.
Babangida added: “The threat is particularly aimed at me as a way of truncating my presidential ambition but we will remain unshaken.”
Chief Dokpesi had earlier raised an alarm over threat to his life by some unknown people who allegedly accused him of taking the job of chief campaigner to the former military president.
Meanwhile, media spokesman to Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Prince Kasim Afegbua, has said that the visit of chairman of Governors Forum and Kwara State Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, did not and would not affect either of the two personalities from pursuing their political ambitions.
Asked to comment on whether the presidential ambition of Dr. Saraki was not a threat to that of Gen. Babangida, the spokesman simply said: “I was not privy to their meeting. What we are all reading are speculations and if I may ask, what if the Kwara State governor had actually come on a solidarity visit as a way of throwing his weight behind Babangida’s presidential ambition.”
Afegbua, however, told Vanguard that as a Nigerian, Dr. Saraki had the right to contest for the highest political office in the land and that like any other aspirant; he would also be subjected to the guidelines of his party before he emerged.
Both Gen. Babangida and Kwara State governor, Dr. Saraki, are expected to declare their presidential ambition this week.
When Vanguard visited the Eagle Square, along Shehu Shagari way, opposite the Federal Secretariat yesterday, workers were seen putting finishing touches to most of the equipment to be used.
At the entrance gate, the Managing Director of Emmy Technical, Emeka Nwodo, was on ground to supervise his workers who were fixing the gate.
Asked what was wrong with the gate, Nwodo simply said that they were carrying out some minor repairs on the keys and bolts ahead of tomorrow’s event.
Also inside, the stage was being set by the National Entertainment Technology Redefined, NETA. Director of the company, Teju Kareem, who spoke with Vanguard, stressed that NETA was a coalition of all the companies that would put up the stage, the public address system, stand of AIT where life broadcast is expected to be carried out.
Former President Ibrahim Babangida is one of the aspirants for the 2011 Presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.