The Niger State Government says it has uncovered another plot by the All Progressives Congress in the state to blackmail the state governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, with allegations that he sold the state’s 20 per cent stake in the Shiroro hydro power station.
A statement on Sunday by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Israel Ebije, said the public should be wary of misinformation by the APC.
The statement read, “The opposition has realised earlier that allegation claiming that Niger State government secured a N5bn loan to rig election was dismissed by reasonable electorates. No bank will give that amount of money for any purpose few weeks to election. Besides, Niger State Peoples Democratic Party does not need to spend money on the electorates who are set to vote the party.
“We have therefore uncovered another plot by the APC to accuse government of selling shares of Niger State in the Shiroro Dam. It is indeed instructive to intimate that no investor will purchase such stake when they know it belongs to over four million Nigerlites.
“It is indeed very shocking, very unfortunate and very sadistic of the opposition to diminish itself in the estimation of right thinking Nigerlites because it wants to score cheap political points. Their earlier N5bn loan blackmail has failed and now plot to sell another lie?
“Nigerlites should beware of the opposition; they are deceitful, self-serving and have no vision for the state”.
But in a counter statement, the Publicity Secretary of APC, Jonathan Vatsa, denied such plan, saying the governor and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were only afraid of their own shadows.
Vatsa insisted that the Aliyu-led government in the state lacked financial discipline.
“This administration has the worst financial recklessness when compared with previous administrations in the state.
“They have no regards for financial management and that is why the poor masses are suffering because the money is in few hands making development impossible. But time shall come when they will account for it”, he said.