Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has described politicians dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressive Congress as people suffering from poverty of integrity, morality and principle.
The governor, who spoke while receiving guests at his office Wednesday in Minna, the Niger State capital, urged the electorate to remain steadfast despite the gale of defections from the PDP, adding that those who should worry are members of the APC that will soon have in their hands, problems of political profiteers.
“I will rather resign from politics instead of defecting from PDP. Those defecting from PDP based on the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly election lack principles of integrity and morality, they are indeed stomach politicians.”
“For principles of integrity, morality, we have chosen to remain in PDP. I heard people insinuating that I have dumped my party candidate for the APC candidate. It is a lie, I will never do such a thing”, Mr. Aliyu said.
Speaking on the forthcoming election, the governor, who lost the Niger East senatorial election to David Umoru of the APC, said the accusation by the opposition APC in the state that the PDP was planning to rig the April 11 gubernatorial election has shown that “they are indeed the very ones trying to rig and cause civil unrest. On our own side, we will abide by the rule to ensure nobody or party is cheated. The election must indeed reflect the wishes of the people”.
Meanwhile, Seidu Abubakar, a former chairman of Wushishi local government, who led a group of former local government chairmen in Niger state to the governor on a solidarity visit, said that they have chosen to remain in the PDP based on principles and conviction.
“Despite the after effect of the presidential election, we remain undaunted. The Buhari effect has come and gone. The next election will not be APC show anymore because we do not have Buharis among the governorship candidates of the APC”.