By SaharaReporters, New York
Credible sources in Minna, Niger State, say there are indications that the former military dictator, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and his cronies are grooming Babangida’s son, Mohammed, to succeed Governor Mua’azu Babangida Aliyu in 2015.
One of the sources said that political structures are being erected for the realization of the younger Babangida’s gubernatorial ambition.
A top source in the Babangida political camp said it was true some “Nigerlites” want Mohammed to run for governor in 2015, but that it was mischievous to say IBB is the one grooming him. “[Mohammed] is a man of his own at 40, and has excelled in private sector, and so there is nothing wrong if his friends want him to run.”
SaharaReporters has further gathered that Mohammed Babangida told a gathering on Thursday in Minna that he will be willing to run and that it is an honor if Nigerlites want him.
According to our source, he said, “There is only one 2015 which I consider a milestone in the journey of life. But for me generally, it is an honor for my name to come up in any forum that I could contribute positively to the development of my community, state and country. I would gladly do so. Right now, I have not taken any decision; I am just going with the tide anticipating what it brings along.”
Babangida is considered as one of the most corrupt Nigerian leaders having amassed stolen funds from the Nigerian treasury during his 8 year rule as military dictator between 1985-1993 when mass protests forced him out of power when he annulled a free and fair election won by his friend and businessman Moshood Abiola.
The polo playing Mohammed Babangida was arrested and briefly detained by the economic and Financial Crimes commission over ownership of GLOBACOM, a telecom company owned by Mike Adenuga considered a long time personal friend of IBB.
Mohammed allegedly to posses 24% ownership in the $1.5 billion company. Mohammed, according to EFCC also owns oil blocks in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea as well as several buildings in London and foreign bank accounts in Switzerland and various tax havens even though he never held a real job his entire life.