‘We saw it coming…’: Gov. Aliyu explains why PDP lost

by James Sambo

Of late, several top members of the PDP have come out to give different theories as to why their party lost woefully during the general elections.

The latest entrant among this lot is- Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, who says he envisioned the heavy defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party at the recently concluded national and state elections.

Aliyu made the statement on Friday, April 17, while speaking at a convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

According to him, the refusal of the PDP to honour the ‘single-term agreement’ was the beginning of the end ot the party.

He said: “Many of us saw it coming. When I reminded us that we had an agreement for one term (that President Goodluck Jonathan had agreed to run for one term), they nearly crucified me. When I led the G7 (group of seven aggrieved PDP governors), they did not do what we wanted them to do until five members left and they did what we asked them to do.”

“Many of us saw the defeat coming. Even when I told some of us (PDP members) that we had a one-term agreement, they nearly crucified me. Now… you have seen the results.”

“I recall also that when APC (All Progressives Congress) came on board (emerged as a political party), I was the first person to say I was very happy that ‘now, we have a strong party to put PDP on its toes’ and many people were asking that ‘are you really a member’. Up until the last elections, the allegation against me had always been that I was a supporter of APC; and now, you have seen the results.”

“Nigerians wanted a change and Nigerians got the change. You will have many reasons. One, PDP has been around for 16 years and there is no way you will be around for 16 years and you will not make mistakes. So, there are many reasons that will be put together and we will be able to understand and guide people.”

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