My hands are clean! Aliyu says he didn’t endorse this man as presidential candidate

by James Sambo

Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, has denied reports that he endorsed Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, as presidential candidate.

Israel Ebije, Aliyu’s spokesperson said that he was misquoted as it wasn’t his constitutional duties to anoint anybody as presidential candidate.

“What I told him was to prepare for greater responsibilities. We have a party with a structure and process in place for anybody who wants to go for any position. I respect the wishes and opinions of the governor on whatever he decides to do, but am not asking him to run for president. I did not say what some papers published. After all, we have a president,” he said.

The governor said he believes that the PDP is stabilizing, regardless of persistent accusations from opposition parties and in house issues.

“Since we refused to leave PDP, people have been working hard to push us out of the party through unfounded insinuations. But we have resolved to remain in the PDP and that is regardless of our position on some issues which we have resolved already.

“I am, therefore, strongly of the opinion that the party is stabilizing and in need of good hands. I have pledged to ensure that the PDP is strong and ready with the necessary political goodwill to win elections in 2015,” he added.

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