Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, a former Governor of Niger State has explained why some state Governors under the platform of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) had opposed the second term bid of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015.
CRIMECHANNELS learnt that he made the revelation in a statement on Friday, April 16, 2021.
He said, “following the sudden passage of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May, 5th, 2010, the leadership of the then governing Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) along with the state governors under the flagship of the party had series of meetings on the presidency and the future of our great party.”
“All the Governors in the north under the PDP supported the then Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to complete the remaining years of former President Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.”
“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 be shortchanged if Jonathan had succeeded, we rose stoutly to insist on the agreement we all had.”
He further said, “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.”
“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 the 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.”