The spokesman of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua, on Sunday said the former ruler stands by his earlier statement that President Muhammadu Buhari should step aside in 2019.
Afegbua, who spoke on a Channels Television programme on Sunday evening, said some of Babangida’s friend sympathetic to Buhari forced him to issue the rebuttal.
He, however said Babangida has called him after to say he stands by the statement.
In the first statement by Afegbua, Babangida called for Buhari’s exit after his tenure in 2019.
He said a younger blood should take over.But in the second statement, he called for the reversal to a two-party structure, which he entrenched during his regime, saying if he needed to speak with Buhari he knows the right channel and not through a statement.
Afegbua told Channels TV a few hours later: “I have been doing this job for about 14 years now.
“And I have never issued a statement on behalf of the former Head of State and he gave a rebuttal.
“I got authorisation and commitment from him before I issued the statement.
“It has been in process.
“He has called me to say that the statement still stands.
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