Politics Is All About Lying- Babangida
Niger State Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has said there is no morality in politics and revealed why it is important for politicians to lie.
The governor, who stated this while inaugurating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign committee on Monday, stressed that politics is all about lying, and disclosed that if one cannot lie, then he or she has no place in the game, Guardian reports.
“If you cannot lie, get out of politics. Anything you are involved in has its own rule. You are in politics to win, win first and let other things follow. Don’t be the one crying louder; lest you will be the one they will take to court. If you are talking of honesty or morals, go and become an Imam or pastor. Politics cannot be the way it used to be. The challenges are more now, the variables have changed, the issues that we are going to face in 2015 are different from the ones we faced in 1999 and we must bear this in mind,” he said.
Aliyu further hinted that our society is not as grateful as it used to be because the values and morals have gone down, noting that if anyone wants to win, you must use the modern morality. He said they have worked for the people, and that politics is not about sadaka (giving alms), rather, politics reminds people of what you have done hence go out and remind others of what they have done.
The governor affirmed that it would win the 2015 polls at all levels because it had a sellable candidate. He said no stone should be left unturned to ensure that all the PDP’s candidates from the House of Assembly to the Presidency emerge victorious in the elections.
“We should go from house to house, neighbour to neighbour, room to room to ensure we win the election. We have to do it that way for us to get somewhere,” he said.
Aliyu advised PDP supporters not to allow themselves to be intimidated by anybody especially the opposition party, saying; “once you enter a project with fear you are bound to fail.
“All members of the gubernatorial campaign committee, those of the House of Assembly, and the senatorial campaign organisations and those of the House of Assembly must therefore come together to ensure that the PDP and its flag bearers win all the elections slated for next month without competing with each other,”Aliyu said.
He also directed all political appointees who could not make the membership of the campaign committees to consider themselves as mobilisers for the party’s candidates, and warned that they would be held accountable in the event of failure in any polling unit.
Aliyu also warned that any of the appointees who did not want to work for the party should resign his or her position, and tasked all members of the campaign committees as well as the political appointees to make sure that the party supporters at the grassroots were carried along in their activities.
“Our party must reinvigorate, we must consult officers of the PDP at all levels, we should work assiduously to ensure total victory,” he said.
Aliyu described the party’s governorship candidate, Umar Mohammed Nasko, as the best to happen to the state because he is a youth, and urged the electorate to vote for him.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the committee, Alhaji Aminu Yussuf who is also the state’s secretary of the party, assured the PDP of total victory in the February election.
He said the PDP will change its tactics and strategy, especially in areas where it encountered problems in past elections.
It would be recalled that Aliyu, who is the chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) while speaking recently in Abuja, at the 7th general assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria gave another side to the ongoing destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorists group in the northeastern part of the country.
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