By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA—Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, former military president and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that he decided to run for the 2011 presidential election because of his desire to pull the country out of its current political and economic crisis.
Babangida spoke while addressing members of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, even as the House said that it had set up certain criteria that would guide it in supporting anybody aspiring to be President. The House said it would decide whether the former Military President had met those criteria.
This is coming against the backdrop of the call by the former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani on members of the assembly to resist the “attempts being made” to jettison the zoning arrangement in the PDP, like the National Assembly rejected former President Olusegun’s third term bid in 2007 during his tenure as president of the Upper House.
Babangida visited the House of Assembly as part of activities marking the formal opening of his campaign office in the North-West zone near the Murtala Mohammed Square by Independence Way, Kaduna.
He said that he was in the House to seek for the members’support for his aspiration of becoming a civilian president.
Babangida, who also visited Governor Patrick Yakowa at the Government House, the Jamaatul Nasril Islam, JNI, as well as the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the state was received on arrival at the House, by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yohanna Jatau.