Gov. Aliyu raises alarm over alleged plot to victimize him over 2015 election

Governor Babangida Aliyu
Governor Babangida Aliyu

The Niger Governor stated this on Wednesday.

The Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, has alleged that there is a plot to silence him over his recent comment on the 2015 presidential election.

Mr. Aliyu had chastised President Goodluck Jonathan over alleged re-election ambitions of the president saying Mr. Jonathan had promised PDP governors, prior to the 2011 election, that he would not contest for a second term in office.

The Niger Governor also reinterated that he had an interest in becoming Nigeria’s president, come 2015.

In Wednesday’s statement, Mr. Aliyu’s spokesperson, Danladi Ndayebo, said “some hawks in Abuja have concluded arrangements to print posters with his portrait and a message of 2015:”Vote Babangida Aliyu for President”, thereby pitting him against the party which has placed an embargo on campaign for the presidency.

Mr. Ndayebo further alleged that some media houses have been commissioned to write negative reports against Mr. Aliyu as part of a grand design to discredit him and the state government.

“But Gov Aliyu is a law abiding member of the PDP and is very much aware of the party directive to members not to commence campaign for the 2015 presidential election,” the statement said.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Aliyu has not declared for the presidency. If anything, he is at the moment focused on delivering on the mandate given to him by the people of Niger State and would not be distracted,” the statement added.

Mr. Aliyu said God is the ultimate decider of who becomes what, and cautioned Nigerians to be wary of persons who may want to discredit others for selfish gains.

Mr. Aliyu also said he remains committed to his present assignment and would not be distracted by any devious plot by mischief makers.

He reiterated his commitment to the ongoing efforts at ‘re-engineering’ Niger State to achieve its vision of becoming one of the top three most developed state economies by the year 2020.

  • Sepsis

    Aliyu is an irritant without electoral value beyond the perimeters of Niger state.I welcome promising candidates capable of bruising Jonathan in 2015. Not this guy.

  • Benjamin Collins

    My first visit to Minna was just last December. During the visit, i discovered that the only dividends ogf democracy that was visible to me was the various billboards carrying the inscription of the Taliban Minna…or something of that sort.
    All the way from Suleja to Minna upto Wushishi, that was the only dividends of democracy that I saw. Anyway, maybe things have dramatically changed between that period i visited the state and now.

    Again, i think in situations like this, names should be mentioned so that the ordinary Nigeria may also partake in watching the activities of certain groups.

  • http://twitter.com/fetfrank Tancy Emmanuel

    Governor Aliyu Babangida should concentrate and do those things he promise the people of Niger State and you have been busy enriching yourself. Please see what you can do for your state before you talk about coming out for president. No machinery has been set against you, you are your problem. put your house in other.

  • Philemon A.

    My dear Aliyu,

    If you cook a pot of soup, you should enjoy it irrespective of how it tastes. Bon appetite!

  • Bola

    Mr. Aliyu should please concentrate on his present job and leave the rest to God who actually gave him the position of Gov of Niger State.

  • bitrus

    baki abin magana, you too de fear?
    our president will contest come 2015, God sparing our lives, irrespective of whether he promised to run only for one term or not. nobody can deny him his constitutional rights, not even his party. even in the most civilized democracies, a sitting president gets automatic ticket. why should ours be different? i wish our president success