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“I will vote for an Igbo president in 2019, if I find one.” – IBB

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MINNA – Former Military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, has said he is ready to vote an Igbo president in 2019, if the right candidate emerges.

The Former President, disclosed this while fielding questions in the December issue of, The Interview, a magazine focused on leading professionals and politicians.

On Biafra, he said, “We do not need this distraction now…” but added that, “I will vote for an Igbo president in 2019, if I find one.”

On his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, who had accused him of staging the 1985 coup to save General Aliyu Gusau and himself, Babangida told a story of their 2006 encounter arranged by former Abia governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, as proof that all is well between him and the president, adding, “One thing you guys in the media want is for us to be exchanging words with each other each time we see.”

He spoke on June 12 and how he received the news of the death of the winner of the election, Chief MKO Abiola, saying, he “was shocked,” but without regret.

“Do you believe he (Abiola) died of natural causes?”

“I should know? I didn’t serve the tea…!”

Also in the interview, Babangida spoke on the two “most traumatic” coups during his eight-year regime – the Mamman Vatsa and Gideon Orkar coups – revealing, for the first time, a meeting he had with Vatsa before his trial began.

The interview also covered Dele Giwa and the C130 Hercules plane crash in Ejigbo, which left 150 military officers dead.