From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Governor of Niger state, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has reiterated his resolve to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), calling on Nigerians to discountenance insinuations that he has intentions to cross carpet.
This was contained in a statement signed by his chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, in which he said the report in one of the national dailies claiming he and his Jigawa state counterpart, Sule Lamido, intend to leave PDP for the All Progressive Peoples Party (APC) is spurious.
Governor Aliyu said he led the G-7 to advocate for sanity in the PDP, adding that their fight was based on patriotism and that results were recorded and now the ruling party is set for a victorious outing in the next general election.
He said every social existence must have crisis which must be resolved, even as he said PDP has overcome its challenges.
He therefore intimated that what led to the G-7, nPDP shouldn’t be construed as moves to cross to the opposition or divide the ruling party, but a move to bring sanity to the PDP.
“Let me once again state clearly that I don’t have intentions to leave PDP for any political party. For me, I don’t think it is proper for a politician to engage in changing party platform as a strategy. It only exposes the person or group as unserious or inconsistent” he stated.
He added “In my own opinion, I think coming back to your political fold after leaving for another platform is a welcome idea, but reverse is the case once you leave for a different turf entirely. I am indeed very glad that PDP has overcome its challenges and set to win at the next general election. It is therefore misplaced priority to contemplate leaving now.”
Aliyu said he is aware that some politicians are trying to present him and Lamido in negative perspective to achieve their self-based political interests, adding that he has nothing against the opposition party, but would not jump ship for any reason.
“I am not unaware of the fact that some politicians in our party want to smear us for refusing to leave the PDP. I am sorry to disappoint them; I have never contemplated leaving my party despite the impunity we fought. Let me inform you that I am on membership drive for the PDP and I will be very glad to welcome our members who are presently in the opposition party.”
He therefore called on politicians to always put the people first in their decisions especially when it comes to party racketeering, intimating that such behavior from politicians can only overheat the polity.