Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu
The Niger State Government Wednesday alleged that there was a plot by some unidentified persons to silence Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu over his recent comment on the 2015 presidential election.
It added that the plot is aimed at causing rancour between Aliyu and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The allegations was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Danladi Ndayebo, and made available to THISDAY in Minna, the state capital.
The statement claimed that some “hawks in Abuja have concluded arrangements to print posters with Governor Aliyu’s portrait with a message: ‘2015:Vote Babangida Aliyu for President,’ aimed at pitting him against the party which has placed an embargo on campaign for the presidency.”
The state government further alleged that some media houses have been commissioned to write negative reports against Aliyu as part of a grand design to discredit him and the state government.
“But 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.”
It said God is the ultimate decider of who becomes what, just as it cautioned Nigerians to be wary of persons who may want to discredit others for selfish gains.
It noted that the governor remained committed to his present assignment and would not be distracted by any devious plot by mischief makers.