I didn’t send my deputy away from exco meetings — Governor Aliyu

Niger State Governor, Muazu Aliyu, has denied barring his deputy, Ahmed Ibeto, from the meetings of the state executive council after the later defected to the All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Aliyu said Mr. Ibeto on his own requested permission to stay away from the state executive council meetings, a request that was granted by the council on Thursday.

There have been reports (not in PREMIUM TIMES) that Mr. Aliyu directed Mr. Ibeto to henceforth stay away from the council’s meetings following his defection to the opposition APC.

According to Mr. Aliyu, his deputy had said unless very sensitive state matters were under consideration, he had nothing to offer the PDP-led government.

In a statement signed by Israel Ebije, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Aliyu, the deputy governor reportedly asked members of the council to excuse him from Wednesday council meeting on moral grounds.

“The deputy Governor, Ahmed Musa Ibeto asked council to excuse him from Wednesday meeting when issues concerning the general elections were presented. He is now in the opposition and the right thing to do based on moral grounds was to leave the meeting.

“The Deputy Governor is smart enough to realize he cannot sit in council and listen to political strategies of the PDP and be seen either as a mole for the APC or as unnecessary distraction. It is clear he cannot operate within the reasoning of the PDP-led council hence he had to take the most honourable decision,” the statement said.

The spokesperson to Governor Aliyu however stated that the deputy governor can always contribute to the progress of the state where and when necessary adding that his privileges and rights as a deputy governor remain intact.
He said despite party differences, the relationship between Governor Aliyu and his deputy remain very cordial adding that nothing has affected his official duties.

He said the deputy governor was absent from his official functions recently to attend to APC campaign matters in his capacity as Director of Campaign for Niger APC governorship candidate.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Deputy Governor, Bala Bitrus, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES.
“Yes it is true my principal asked to be excused from council whenever political matters come up for discussion,” he said.

Mr. Bitrus however, also said Mr. Ibeto would continue to perform his functions as deputy governor in the services of Niger state.

“No one asked him to leave,” he said.


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  • The Truth

    The major problem we have in this part of the world is that most of the so called elites don’t know their right from their left. They don’t know that there is a difference from governance and politicking, that you must separate government from party. That your position in government may have derived from the platform of your party, but your duties in government must not be influenced by the interest of your party, but what is the best for the society.
    Until we learn this, we shall continue to grope in darkness.

    • Okey

      You are right up to a point, not totally. In Britain’s parliamentary system, yes, there is opposition in government. But in America’s presidential system where we pretend to copy from, once elections are over, there is a government and everybody is in it and there is no opposition until another election. Especially, for those in the Executive arm, if you are not in tune with your President or the Governor, you excuse youself. There are no two ways about it. And there is nothing like 50% participation. In this respect, the only honourable thing Mr Ibeto should do in the circumstance he chose for himself is to resign his office and stop constituting media nuisance to his state government.

  • Edward Osadebay

    So political campaign issues are discussed at council meetings and deliberations in Niger state. Na wao!

  • Killzowned

    Love this article. As a young Nigerian based in America, I will say that it is becoming increasingly apparent that more and more younger Nigerians everywhere is starting to have a united sense of pride. Enough pride to want to materialize in Nigeria something to be proud of. I just hope by the next election cycle, a future thinking presidential candidate puts his/her hat in the ring. It is imperative that we have a president who the world can look to in confidence of Nigeria.

  • princegab

    Good article, but doubt if the answer is in the younger generation. The so call old cargos in power today actually got it all wrong when they were in power at ages 35 or below. The results of their mistakes is the reason why most youths of age 35 and less today do not believe in Nigeria any more. The youths aged 38 to say 53 could be categorized thus: a scanty few, spoilt, who inherited the old , trying to keep the status quo, are those corrupt in government like saraki, Dogara, dino and many more. While the other category are the many God fearing who are scared away from politics of outright not given the opportunity to participate. The way forward in my opinion is that the old cargos holding to power should come clean and deliberately bring up the God fearing category as mentioned above to power by way of reshuffling their subordinates. They must be very decisive and sincere on anti graft war and impunity.

  • Cincinnatus

    Trust me. Every young people in this country feels this way about this old guys. I even tried to explain some things to one some days ago, he wasn’t interested in reason or listening to what was being said, just continued blaming everybody else for our problems and claiming he knows how to solve it. They are significantly intellectually weak and some young people are inheriting that disease as well.