Daily Independent Online.
Thursday, September 4, 2003.
‘Kingibe’s chances bright despite June
By Uthman Abubakar
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
“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.”