From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Niger state, Engineer Mohammed Jibril Imam has fired back at the former Governor of the state, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, describing him as an example of a corrupt leader.
He gave the charge yesterday in Minna while speaking to some journalists at the party (APC) secretariat, saying that the PDP have resolved to campaign of calumnies rather than issue base campaign hence the APC is putting up its strategy for its campaign based on issues.
Engr Imam was reacting to comment credited to the former leader during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Bida recently to the effect that the APC-led administration in the state has failed to meet the basic needs of the people, Imam said PDP under Aliyu impoverished the state and its people by diverting monies meant for development to personal use.
“Aliyu is an example of a corrupt leader and that’s why he is in court. He impoverished the state because monies meant for the development of the state were diverted. So it’s not the APC administration in the state that failed the people,” he explained.
He said unlike the PDP, the APC’s strength as the clock thickens towards
the election year is it’s development stride across the state.
“They are jittery about our performance; they know that they have lost the elections before the contest even begins, “ he noted.
He informed that due to the performance of the APC administration many PDP stalwarts are defecting to its fold including some key PDP stakeholders in the state.
Imam disclosed that among the big wings that the ruling party has caught ahead of the 2019 elections was a former minister of sports, Alhaji Sani Ndanusa, former state PDP chairman Alhaji Abdulrahman Enagi, Council PDP chairman among others.
He further explained that among the major development strides of APC administration in the state is in the water, education, health sectors; payment of pension arrears; regular payment of salaries and roads and power supply amongst others in which the party would leverage on to convince the electorates to get second term victory come 2019 general elections