Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu
Aisha Wakaso in Minnaâ€¨
The Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thursday pledged its support for the state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, who is at loggerheads with the national secretariat of the party over the outcome of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) chairmanship race.
The party leadership in the state, in what appears to be a signal to the national leadership of the party that is plotting to sanction Aliyu for his alleged role in the defeat of the party’s consensus candidate for the NGF chairmanship, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, said it would not support any move to suspend the governor.
Although the party has denied it, the suspension of Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi who defeated Jang in the NGF poll, and his Sokoto State counterpart, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) is being linked to their disagreement with the party leadership over the NGF election.
“As far as we are concerned in Niger State, we are 100 per cent behind Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and he has our solid support,” the party said at a press briefing in Minna.
The Niger State PDP leadership expressed hope that Aliyu would not be affected by the sanctions on the two other governors as he had done nothing wrong.
The party Publicity Secretary, Mr. Hassan Saba, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the state executive council meeting on Wednesday, said: “Governor Aliyu has done nothing to warrant suspension from the party. This rumour of him getting the axe is purely baseless, because he has not fallen short of party’s decisions.”
Saba also expressed dismay of the state chapter of the PDP over the ongoing crisis at the national level of the party, saying members were not happy with the problems, which they hoped would be resolved soon to enable the party move forward.
“We are not happy with what is happening at the national level. It is a family matter and we pray and hope that the family would solve the problem quickly. We are hoping that in no distant future they will solve the problems,” he added.
Saba further reiterated the stand of the state chapter of the PDP to maintain its 1999 zoning arrangement for all elective positions for the 2015 general election .
To this end, the governorship candidate of the party will come from the Niger North senatorial district, the deputy governorship candidate from the Niger South while the Niger East senatorial district will produce the Speaker of the House of Assembly.