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Former Governor Aliyu reveals why PDP Northern Governors worked against President Jonathan in 2015

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

Former Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has revealed why northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) worked against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 Presidential Election.

According to the former governor, they worked against Jonathan because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term in office.

The former governor, in an apparent response to his suspension by the Peoples Democratic Party in Chachanga Local Government Area, released a statement titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Second Term Bid –Babangida Aliyu,’

Naija Buzz News had reported that former Governor Aliyu was suspended over alleged anti-party activities including working against ex-President Jonathan and the then Niger Governorship candidate of PDP in 2015.

Jonathan eventually lost the election to Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), the candidate of the then opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

“All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.

“However, midway, President Goodluck Jonathan insisted to run for the office in 2015 against the grain of our earlier agreement.

“Since this was against the grain of our earlier agreement in the party, and which we, the governors in the North felt the North would have been short-changed if Jonathan had succeeded, we rose stoutly to insist on the agreement we all had.

“On that premise, we opposed Jonathan. But all along, Goodluck Jonathan had enjoyed every support from the governors in the north and the entire region.”

Former Governor Aliyu who was the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum added that the North was at disadvantage over the death of Yar’Adua and insisted Jonathan shouldn’t contest for the presidency in 2015.

“We acted in good spirit and argued our points based on principle and on the subsisting agreement we had with Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. That agreement was written and accepted by all.

“We didn’t oppose Jonathan but we were opposed to his insistence on a second term in office because the North would have lost out completely.”

“It is, therefore, wrong for anyone to erroneously say that I, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, had opposed Goodluck Jonathan,” he added.

Ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State
Ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State
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