The rebranding effort of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took a hit on Tuesday as former military President Ibrahim Babangida, chickened out describing his inclusion as “ridiculous.’ IBB in a personally signed statement said the plan was a clandestine attempt by the opposition to lure him to run on the ticket of the party for the 2019 presidential election.
Turning down the invitation, he said he had announced his retirement from partisan politics four years ago at a public function.
“At this stage of my political journey, I want to be able to interact and socialize with them without being branded “anti-party”.
“It is on the score of this that I have elected to turn down this request to participate in the rebranding conference of the PDP in a partisan manner.
“I have heard whispers from different political arenas that one of the rationales for the rebranding of PDP was to prepare me for future elections in 2019. How ridiculous?
“God’s willing; by 2019 I will be 78 years old. If I called it quit in 2011, why would PDP contemplate fielding a 78 years old man in a presidential election in a country that parades very vibrant men and women of lesser age? IBB queried.
The PDP is organizing a ‘Rebranding Conference’ billed for November 12, 2015, in Abuja and has extended invitation to IBB as one of the founding fathers.