Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger State, has revealed why Northern governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) worked against Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid during the 2015 presidential election.
According to Aliyu, the governors worked against Jonathan because he failed to honour an agreement not to seek reelection in 2015.
Aliyu said this in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Second Term Bid –Babangida Aliyu,’ in reaction to his suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger State for alleged anti-party activities.
He was also accused of working against the reelection bid of Jonathan in 2015.
He said, “All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.
“However, midway, President Goodluck Jonathan 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 added that the North would have lost out completely had Jonathan gone ahead to win the election.
“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 second term 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 said.