The Niger State chapter of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday passed a vote of confidence on Gov. Babangida Aliyu for not defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) alongside five of his colleagues.
The other five governors, who defected to the APC are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).
Alhaji Mamud Enagi, the state PDP Chairman, said this when he led the state executive committee of the party on a solidarity visit to the governor at Government House, Minna, the Niger State capital.
He said: “In our last meeting of the state PDP working committee, we passed a vote of full confidence on the state Governor, Dr Babangida Aliyu, for the way he is running the state.
“We are here to show the people of Niger state and other Nigerians that the decisions he took during the G-7 governor’s struggle was with the full support of the PDP in Niger state.
“You made consultations with us before going for the meetings; all the decisions you took there were based on the wishes of the PDP members in Niger state.
“It is not your personal decision, but that of members of PDP in Niger state; this is why we came for this solidarity visit, to further reaffirm that we are solidly behind you”.
Enagi disclosed that they were all happy when the governor maintained that he was still in the PDP and pledged the support of members of the party to Mr. Aliyu to make the state better.
In his response, Gov. Aliyu said he led the G-7 governors to improve the party and not to leave it for another party.
“When I was calling for meetings of the G-7 governors, I told them that the issue was not to leave the party but to improve it; you don’t look for improvement and run away”, he said.
He said that if it was about his personal ambition, he would have opted to leave the party, adding that “It is not about me but about the people”.
The governor, however, decried a situation currently playing out in some of the defected governors’ state, where everyone, especially stakeholders, were not carried along in the plan to defect to the APC.