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Babangida Aliyu Confesses: We Saw PDP Defeat By APC Coming, Blames It On Insincerity

Gov. Babangida  Aliyu
Gov. Babangida Aliyu

The Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu has said that the recent defeat of the People Democratic Party (PDP) at both national and state elections did not come to Nigerians as a surprise because “we saw it coming.”

Governor Babangida, who spoke in Minna as a special guest of honour at a convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) today, said that the refusal of the PDP to honour the “single-term agreement” led to the party’s heavy defeat at both the Presidential and governorship polls.

In a lecture, titled: ‘The role of Law in the enhancement of socio-economic growth of the nation,’ Governor Babangida said: “Many of us saw it coming. When I reminded us that we had an agreement for one term (that President Goodluck Jonathan had agreed to run for one term), they nearly crucified me. When I led the G7 (group of seven aggrieved PDP governors), they did not do what we wanted them to do until five members left and they did what we asked them to do.

“I recall also that when APC (All Progressives Congress) came on board(emerged as a political party), I was the first person to say I was very happy that ‘now, we have a strong party to put PDP on its toes’ and many people were asking that ‘are you really a member.’

“Up until the last elections, the allegation against me had always been that I was a supporter of APC; and now, you have seen the results.”

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Governor Babangida listed other reasons he believed accounted for the failure of the PDP at the polls, saying: “Nigerians wanted a change and Nigerians got the change. You will have many reasons. One, PDP has been around for 16 years and there is no way you will be around for 16 years and you will not make mistakes. So, there are many reasons that will be put together and we will be able to understand and guide people.”

The governor explained that corruption did not end at stealing money but indulging in malpractices, admonishing people to desist from acts that were capable of destroying our economy.

Speaking after former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Legbo Kutigi, delivered a lecture, Babangida said that not only government officials were corrupt, but that corruption “starts from the home.”

He called for devolution of power in the country, saying politics was about bringing development to the society and not to enrich oneself.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Governing Council, FUTM, Prof. Ahmed Alkali, said, “Nigeria is at a crossroads because 2015 is a year of political transition.

“If Nigeria must fight corruption, we must all check ourselves to ensure that at all levels, we kill corruption. Anything we do in excess is corruption.” [myad]

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