Ex-gov Aliyu reveals why Northern PDP Govs worked against Jonathan in 2015

Abuja (Precise Post) – A former governor of Niger State and then Northern Governors’ Forum chairman, Babangida Aliyu, on Friday revealed why northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party worked against the of former President in 2015. He said they worked against Jonathan’s because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a .

Aliyu said this in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Bid –Babangida Aliyu.’ He was reacting to his purported by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger State for alleged , including working against Jonathan in 2015. Jonathan lost to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

He said, “All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice-President to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next as a sole candidate of our great party However, midway, President 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.”

Aliyu, who was a former chairman of the and a former leader of a PDP faction, said the North stood disadvantaged by Yar’Adua’s death and the insistence that Jonathan should run for the office of president in 2015. He said, “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 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.

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