by Rachel Ogbu
Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu recently held on to his claim that President Goodluck Jonathan’s plan to run for second term was against a signed agreement to do single-term.
On a radio programme in Kaduna last month, Aliyu said President Jonathan had made the deal with some northern state governors before the 2011 presidential election and recently at the Minna National Discourse on Corruption, in cooperation with the Niger State Government and the National Planning Commission, Aliyu stood by his assertions.
“If to be truthful is to be illiterate, I stand by it. On the political scene, I am happy with what some people say. I don’t see it as a condemnation of PDP; I see it as trying to correct a situation.”
“We should look at the problem as one we must confront correctly. Agreement made in secret must be adhered to,” he said.
Aliyu said bringing this out to the open did not change his loyalty and commitment as a member of the PDP.
According to reports, he said that all the criticisms of the party by participants at the programme was to make the party move in the direction of sanity and right its wrongs to become stronger for future polls.
The Punch reports:
In his remarks, a former Permanent Secretary, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, warned against the manipulation of the 2015 general elections in the interest of the survival of the nation.
Ahmed, who noted that previous elections in the country had not been as transparent as expected, said it was for this reason that the country had been groping in the dark politically.
He described PDP as “a party heading for the rocks: if you can salvage it, salvage it; if not, leave it for other boats.”
The guest speaker at the event, former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, said over $500bn had been siphoned away from Nigeria between 1960 and 2012.