From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Following the sudden defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, Niger State Governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has said that his deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto rights and privileges would not be infringed on in any way.
Ibeto who joined the APC at the presidential rally on Monday addressed by the standard bearer of the party for next month’s presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari claiming that his defection was informed by the refusal of the National Working Committee (NWC) to entertain his petition after the governorship primary election which he lost to former Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko.
Governor Aliyu made this known while speaking with newsmen in Minna yesterday after collecting his Permanent Voters Card (PVC) at the Tunga Primary School where he said that Ibeto remains the deputy governor of the state and will continue to enjoy all rights and privileges due to his office.
According to the governor, Hon. Ibeto has the right to determine which and what groups he will want to belong to so his defection does not make any difference.
“Everybody has the right to decide which group to belong to he is a deputy governor he will continue to enjoy all rights and privileges of his office” Aliyu stated.
The governor, after collecting his voter’s card urged the people of the state to ensure they receive their voter’s cards which he said is the only instrument that can enable them to vote during next month’s elections.
“I want to urge all eligible voters to go and collect their voters’ cards this is the only way you can vote if you don’t vote you have cheated yourself”.
He told those who have problems with the collection of the PVC to go to the nearest INEC office to them or seek the assistance of government officials who will direct them on the steps to take.
The governor who was also with his wife, Jummai, said the names of some of his children were not found on the voters register and asked INEC to do something about it.
However the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Nasir Ayilara told newsmen later that it was not likely that the governor’s children will be registered to vote in the election.
Alhaji Ayilara said since the children did not take the advantage of the opportunity given by the commission for them to correct whatever anomaly discovered, the period has passed for them to do so.