Mohammed Babangida, the eldest son of Nigeria’s ex-military ruler, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has signified his interest to contest for governor of Niger State under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, before many others in the state. While many claimed that he wanted to ride on the crest of his father’s popularity, his loyal fans denied the allegation.
Spyglass gathered that the Polo-loving dude consulted far and wide over his political ambition and sent emissaries to his father to support him. But according to a source, his father neither supported him nor kicked against the idea. This, therefore, made him jettison the idea, even when it was obvious that he had many supporters who were ready to do his bidding.
Interestingly, Mohammed, apart from being his father’s split image, also shares almost similar idiosyncrasies with the retired General. Perhaps, he understood his father’s body language and quickly let go his ambition. It was alleged that he later used his earlier political structure to support the other PDP candidate, Umar Nasko, who eventually lost at the April 11, 2015 governorship election to the All Progressive Congress candidate.
Against this backdrop, we gathered that the handsome young man might have lost his political relevance. It is even being speculated that he may have finally bidden farewell to the game of politics.