The governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has stated that despite leading the G7 Governors he will not defect from the ruling party because the aim was to bring sanity to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and not to quit the party.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Israel Ebije, yesterday, Aliyu said that Nigerians should discountenance insinuations that he has intention to cross carpet as contained in media reports linking him and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Sule Lamido to plot to leave PDP for the All Progressives Peoples Congress (APC) .
While saying the claim was spurious Aliyu said he led the G-7 to advocate for sanity in the PDP adding that what they fought for was patriotic and results were recorded and now the ruling party is set for a victorious outing in the next general elections.
He said every social existence must have crisis, which must be resolved. He said PDP has indeed overcome its challenges. He therefore intimated that what led to the G-7 should not 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”
“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 PDP has overcome its challenges and set to win at the next general election. Its therefore misplaced priority to contemplate leaving now.”
He said he is aware 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 wouldn’t 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 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.”
Aliyu 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.