THE spokeperson to former military President General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), Kassim Afegbua has said the vote out Buhari statement earlier issued by him is the position of his principal.
Afegbua had on Sunday issued a press statement on behalf of the former Nigerian leader detailing why a younger generation should be enthroned to lead the country. He had urged the masses to vote out Buhari in the statement.
Another statement purportedly signed by Babangida dunked Afegbua’s version.
“Let me categorically state that as a former President and Statesman, I have unfettered access and channel of communication with the highest authorities in the country without necessary going public with a sensational statement. Therefore, the views expressed in the alleged statement are not mine but that of the writer.” it said.
This development has led the henchman to clarify that his principal authored the statement he released as he has called him to affirm his earlier position.
“He has called me to say that the statement still stands,” he said while featuring in on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
He continued, “So when the statement was released, some of his friends saw it and they felt we were trying to put the former president on a collision course with the president. So, they went and did a statement to deny that.
“But I have since spoken to him; he called me and said, that statement stands. The kernel of that statement should inform public discourse and not necessarily people personalising it as if it were to be against the sitting president.
“So, the statement stands and I have since communicated to all the media houses that they should respect that statement as coming from IBB. It did not emanate from my head. We sat down, we discussed and articulated them.
“General Babangida wants a new side of leadership, from the younger generation of Nigerians who in his own views have the resourcefulness, the energy and capacity to manage governmental affairs.
“He is not personalizing his statement against the incumbent president. But he is saying, as a stakeholder and a concerned Nigerian, that he shares in the aspirations of the people.”
Meanwhile, in a related development HEADLINE learnt that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has allegedly ordered the arrest of Afegbu over the statement he issued on behalf of the former president.