Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant and Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal in his continuous consultations for his presidential aspiration, visited former President Ibrahim Babangida, who gave him his blessings to run.
The Former military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, while hosting Tambuwal and his team at his Hilltop residence in Minna on Saturday, September 22, said the Sokoto governor has his blessings in his aspiration to be Nigeria’s president in 2019.
The former military president lauded Tambuwal for promoting peace, rule of law and unity during his reign as Speaker of House of Representatives. He said:
“I am very proud that you belong to the generation that want to keep Nigeria as one. You have a good team to keep that. “I have no doubt that Nigerians will give you the opportunity to put these good ideas for the good of the country.
“You know the country, you understand the challenges of the country. I trust you will work base on your conviction for this country.
“You have my blessings and I will keep monitoring to ensure you don’t deviate.”
Governor Tambuwal had earlier announced he was in Minna, the Niger state capital, as part of his nationwide consultation to seek the blessings of the former leader on Twitter.
In continuation of my nationwide consultation, I am in Niger State to pay my respect to former President Ibrahim B. Babangida and to receive his blessings as we continue working towards repositioning, securing and restructuring this country.#TheFutureIsNow pic.twitter.com/nubFBQzOxQ
— Aminu W. Tambuwal (@AWTambuwal) September 22, 2018
He said IBB and others fought to keep Nigeria as one, but lamented that the country is now divided along ethnic and religious lines, promising that he would serve as a bridge if elected as the president.
“Mr President Sir, we are here also to drink from your fountain of knowledge and experience and to consult you on this all important mission of not only securing the flag of our party the PDP in the 2019 presidential election but also eventually by the grace of God getting elected as the president of this great country,” he said.
The former Speaker of House of Representatives vowed that he will assemble the best brains to turn around the economy of the country and restore the confidence of Nigerians in the government. He also pledged to ensure devolution of powers to states, so that among other things, funds are available to states to carry out meaningful projects.
“I believe in the devolution of power to state. We will ensure states get more funding for them to be able to carry out meaningful projects in their domain,” he said.
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