By Kenneth Ehigiator
Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, said yesterday, that he and other presidential aspirants of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the North should not be seen as Northern candidates, but as Nigerians aspiring for the nation’s presidency.
He also said he was not distracted by the campaign of calumny against him, following his decision to contest the 2011 presidential elections on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and urged the party to follow its own rules and regulations concerning zoning.
Babangida, who spoke in an interview with newsmen at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, said it was important for him to clarify the situation, so people do not come away with the impression that they represent solely the interest of the North.
“I think I should try to clarify it, I and my colleagues, we don’t want to be seen as candidates of the North but as Nigerian candidates who are in a political party that agreed that the presidency should be zoned and all we are asking for is a simple thing.
“Let the party’s rules and regulations be followed, where it is not followed then you go through the same process of convention and jettison that rule and you can correct it through constitution amendment, but it hasn’t been amended, so that is the rule going on,” Babangida said.