From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
Deep crisis looms in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger state as the party suspended former Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu over allegations of anti-party activities leading to division in the party since 2014.
According to a communique issued at the end of an emergency Stakeholders’ meeting yesterday in Minna, the issue was as a result of 6 weighty allegations which the party in Chanchaga local Area of Niger state finds very disturbing and inimical to the party progress.
The PDP in a statement titled ‘notice of suspension of Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu from the PDP, Chanchaga LGA, also disclosed that, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu worked against former President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s Governorship candidate in Niger state, Alhaji Umar Nasko by supporting and funding the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 with the sum of N450million.
The communique which was made available to Journalists stated that the allegations were as follows; “causing disaffection within the party hierarchy even after several peace efforts.
“Strong and verifiable allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party since 2014 that led to loss of Government at the center and the state levels. This includes disobedience to then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and working against his re-election success in 2015”.
The communique further blamed the former Governor, saying “he supported and funded the opposition APC, in 2015 with the sum of N450million to defeat his own party for personal and selfish reasons.
“Refusal to participate and attend party activities; undermining and working against the resolutions of party organs especially the state caucus and causing division that has led to inability to resolve the issues surrounding the position of state legal adviser that has been unoccupied since 2015 in his own Local Government Area”.
The Party further revealed that “these and many others have led to the immediate suspension of Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu from the People’s Democratic Party in Chanchaga local Government”.