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 ‘We have no comment on that for now’ – AISHA

Aisha Babangida

Aisha Babangida

THINGS could not be said to be at ease between the ex-military dictator, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd) simply called IBB and his son, Muhammed also known as Maipolo over the latter’s 2015 gubernatorial ambition in Niger State.

An impeccable source informed ENCOMIUM Weekly that Maradona, as IBB is fondly addressed, has refused to give Muhammed his blessings concerning his plan to govern the state in the next political dispensation.

Although, reasons for the disagreement between the former Head of State and his son on the issue are still sketchy, our source disclosed that IBB just wants to play safe, and prevent the family from being labeled power hungry.  Not only that, the one-time military tactician was also said to have restricted Muhammed’s move to relocate to the family’s village in Wushishi Local Government Area, in Niger North Senatorial District, which is expected to produce the governor of the state in line with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoning arrangement.

This, according to our source, didn’t go down well with Muhammed who is already planning to move his family to the village to enable him vie for the governorship ticket.

Equally, Muhammed’s sister, Aisha, who is solidly behind him was said to be unhappy with their father for not supporting her brother’s aspiration to take over from the incumbent governor, Alhaji Aliyu Babangida come May 29, 2015.

“From all indications, there seems to be a very serious problem in IBB’s family right now.  It’s only if they just want to be economical with the truth. I learnt Muhammed has been disallowed by his father to relocate to their original village in Wushishi Local Government, which could have availed him the ticket to contest for the state’s number one seat in 2015 on the platform of PDP because it’s the turn of that zone to produce the governor.  Now, I learnt IBB’s refusal has resulted in a serious crisis not only between him and Muhammed but other children, including Aisha.  But I learnt Aisha is trying everything to convince their father so that Muhammed’s effort won’t be in vein, having spent a lot of money on the ambition.”

ENCOMIUM Weekly contacted the family on Friday, September 27, 2013, via Aisha, she neither confirmed nor denied the story.

“For now, we’re not making any comment on that. Besides, I am very busy now.  Thank you.”

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