I never considered leaving PDP, Governor Aliyu insists

Babangida Aliyu, Niger State Governor

The Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, has stated that he never planned to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressive Congress, APC.

He said at the time he led the G-7 group, the objective was to resolve the leadership problem in the PDP.

The G-7 governors included Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto, Abdullahi Ahmed of Kwara, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Mr. Aliyu. They staged a walk-out of the August 2013 Special National Convention of the PDP, alongside other party stalwarts, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former party secretary, Sam Jaja, and former Kwara Governor, Bukola Saraki.

The group then formed the “new PDP.” But five of the governors and others eventually defected to the APC while Messrs. Lamido and Aliyu chose to remain with the PDP.

Mr. Kwankwaso had in a chat with journalists on Sunday said Messrs. Lamido and Aliyu were part of the decision to ditch the PDP but failed to do so at the eleventh hour for reasons best known to them. He particularly noted that Mr. Lamido was their leader when the decision was made.

“I don’t want to talk too much on the Jigawa State governor. Everybody knows that he was part of us; in fact he was the leader of the group,” Mr. Kwankwaso said. “He took us to the level that we even felt that there is no going back, but to our surprise, he remained in the PDP at the end. We already had no more business with PDP.”

The Jigawa Governor responding on Tuesday agreed with Mr. Kwankwaso that he betrayed the group.

“Yes, I betrayed them. I am a betrayer. Confirmed.”

When asked why he betrayed the group, Mr. Lamido simply responded, “I align myself with what he (Kwankwaso) said.”

But in his reaction contained in a press release signed by his spokesperson, Israel Ebije, Mr. Aliyu said the aim of the G-7 was not to jettison the PDP.

He insisted that it was aimed at bringing sanity to the PDP adding that the objective of their action was proactive and the result was positive.

He said he would always respect members of the G-7 for their position against impunity in the party at that trying period. He, however, maintained that decision to leave for the APC was not on the agenda of the group but more of individual decision of members.

“Let me state in categorical terms that I never discussed with the G-7 governors over issue of decamping to the APC. I led the group primarily to stabilize the PDP. At that time, the PDP was having challenges hinging on impunity which had to be addressed,” the Niger governor said in the Tuesday statement.

“Let me therefore intimate that based on principle, I never planned to abandon the PDP for another party. It is also important to note that the G-7 achieved its objective of repositioning the PDP which was at the time passing through leadership challenge, therefore I had no reason to leave, besides our effort brought the ruling party back on its feet,” Mr. Aliyu said.

He also said he would remain committed to the PDP and would work towards ensuring that the party wins in all elective positions in Niger state. He said the PDP remains the party to beat in the next general election.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Liar. Scared of EFCC.

  • Slolo7

    Nobody considered you as the leader of the group at any point as you claimed. On the contrary, people were skeptical about you because of your antecedents. Unfortunately, you are now shamelessly using the APC logo and Buhari’s portrait to campaign for your senatorial ambition….the same APC you refused to join. I understand you claimed that politicians must tell lies in order to be smart. Shame on you

  • Adeola

    Your Excellency, my question to you is that, ‘ has the party been repositioned up till today sir’?

  • Maria

    This crook was with them everywhere even followed them to Kaduna until the last minute when they wanted to come out to address the press, this bastard dissolved after receiving a phone call, probably from EFCC. Liar.

  • progress

    Eyes of liar!

  • bib

    His many skeletons in his cupboard prevented him to revamp. The skeletons shall soon be exposed comes may 29.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Aliyu Babangida is a clawn that has no lever to leave PDP because he has no development to ganvanise his people behind him when PDP machinery goes after him. His achievement in the last 8 years in Nigeria are billboards and useless posters of an ugly man that dotted Mina the state capital city. Aliyu babangida would be remembered as one of the useless sons of the North who sold back to Jonathan the letter he told the whole world he has where Jonathan made commitment for one term.When Aliyu leaves office in May this year, he would be treated like a leper because he would be smelling every where he goes. What Niger people need to do is to vote out the useless boy who aliyu Planted in PDP to protect him from proscution. For Aliyu Babangida, I cannot explain whether prison is the best for him or walking on the street and being mocked as smells all over the place. Vote APC to ride the clueless and visionless people like Aliyu babangida.

  • sir Oscie

    Leave PDP and face the wrath of EFCC.

  • Richard

    Is this not a Governor who said one has to be a liar to be successful in politics and that anyone who cannot lie should be a pastor or imam. So how can I believe whatever he says.

  • larry

    Merely looking at Gov Aliyu’s eyes , you can tell he is lying 🙂

  • kinsly

    Zainab, whose side are you? Parroting thesame discredited SSS report while no mention of the report of the AGF that cleared Magu. Whose interest are you protecting?

    • wisdom E

      The AGF’s report was a communication to the President; the senate is not officially privy of that report. That prompted the first question he was asked which he couldn’t answer satisfactorily.
      BTW, the DSS sent another report to the senate restating their earlier position. If this senate were to ignore that creating a bad president, it would be CORRUPTION.

      • wisdom E