UPDATE 2-Former Nigerian military ruler to run for president

Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:43pm GMT

* First major politician to announce presidential intentions

* Seeks to slim federal government, give states more power

* His age and political credibility likely to be issues

(Updates with campaign platform, analyst)

By Felix Onuah

ABUJA, April 12 (Reuters) - Nigeria's former military leader Ibrahim Babangida is planning a political comeback by running for president nearly 25 years after he first came to power in a bloodless coup, his spokesman said on Monday.

Babangida, 68, seized power in the OPEC member state in August 1985 and went on to rule Africa's most populous nation for nearly eight years. He was forced to step down in 1993 after he cancelled an election that was generally regarded as fair.

"Yes, General Babangida has decided to contest for the presidency under the (People's Democratic Party) in the 2011 presidential election," spokesman Kassim Afeagbu told Reuters.   Continued...

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