By Laleye Dipo in Minna
A former governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the presidential as well as the Niger State governorship elections in 2019.
Aliyu said the APC government at the state and federal levels had “prepared a good ground for us to win the election”.
The former governor made the remarks in Minna on Sunday when he received members of the Inter Community Relations Committee led by its Coordinator, Chief Olusola Ajayi.
“We will change the government of the day in 2019; we will work hard and pray hard and God will answer our prayers because of the sufferings Nigerians are going through,” he said.
The former governor said Nigerians had already seen through the APC federal government so “they cannot take Nigerians for a ride any more”.
In Niger State, Dr. Aliyu said Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had not shown to the electorate why he should be re-elected, “even his own party men have attested to his non performance”.
“I have heard that people have started throwing stones. You all remember that I advised that they should reserve the stone for next time when some youths tried to stone me at the inauguration of the APC governor at the stadium in 2015,” he said.
The former governor reacted, for the first time, why he banned the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes, a policy which had been attributed to why he (Aliyu) lost the senatorial election.
According to him, “At that time if you visit the hospitals you will discover many accident victims, the accidents were caused by these commercial motorcyclists, the spate of robbery also increased with the robbers escaping on motorcycles, no responsible government will allow such situation to continue.
“Despite this, I replaced the okada with tricycles and many of these riders got the tricycle.”
Reacting to the call by the Community Relations Committee for him to contest the presidential or senatorial election, he said: “I am still consulting, by the end of June, after the Ramadan, I should be able to tell you categorically if I will contest or not.”
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Inter Community Relations Committee Ajayi had said the present administration had through its policies been discriminating against non-indigines in the state especially through the introduction of discriminatory fees in public schools and the payment of WAEC and NECO registration fees.