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LogoDaily Independent Online.         * Thursday, September 4, 2003.

‘Kingibe’s chances bright despite June 12’

By Uthman Abubakar

Daily Independent, Lagos


Ambassador Abubakar Babagana Kingibe could still become the next National Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in spite of his attitude over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, in which he was running mate to late Chief Moshood Abiola.

The Lagos State Assistant Publicity Secretary of the AD, Dr. Ebenezer Akinbolade, made this observation in an interview with Daily Independent in Lagos on Tuesday.

After the annulment of the election and the detention of Abiola, Kingibe fell out of grace with the South West for serving in the military government that interned the June 12 mandate. He served the General Sani Abacha regime as Minister of Internal Affairs.

“I have heard his name touted for the post but I have not forgotten his role in the annulment of the June 12 election. He is a turncoat and I have continued to see him just as that since then”, Akinbolade said.

But he cautioned that this may not however, stop him from becoming AD national chairman “because a long time has lapsed, and don’t forget that politics is dynamic. In politics nothing is impossible.

“If IBB can now talk of running for the presidency in 2007 what is impossible? If Omisore can emerge from the prison custody as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, what is impossible? If citizens can still be appointed to top government positions in spite of being suspected criminals what is impossible?

“I believe if Kingibe contests the party national chairmanship he can make it because it is not impossible at this stage of the country’s politics. We are in a transition stage to transition. We are not transiting yet. So, all such things are possible.”




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