A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has declared that a former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) had him in mind when he described Nigeria’s next president.
Last week, IBB said the next president of Nigeria must be an individual who speaks to the citizens, understand economics, and have friends in every region.
He added that he had seen Nigerians who have these qualities, and they are in their sixties.
Speaking with Arise TV on Friday, Okupe said the former head of state “had me in mind” when he listed those qualities.
He claimed, “there’s no local government in this country that I’ve not visited five times,” adding that he is “the most fairly well-prepared person to be president”.
“I think IBB got it right; believe me sincerely. That person should be one person who can pick up his phone and call at least one person in every local government of the country. That means he must be somebody who has socially interacted across sections of Nigeria and understands the terrain,” the former presidential aide said.
“I’m in my sixties, and I believe by what IBB have actually said — I’ve not spoken to him — I have a feeling that he had me in mind. I must be one of the three persons he had in mind.
“Believe me, sincerely, there’s no local government in this country that I’ve not visited five times; there’s none. And I’m the most fairly well-prepared person to be president.”
Okupe is currently 69 years old and will be well into his 70s when the general election comes around in 2023.