Governor Mu’azu Aliyu of Niger State has said he would rather resign from politics than defect from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to any other party in the country.
He described politicians dumping PDP due to outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, as “stomach politicians” who lack integrity and morality.
“I’d 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 integrity and morality; they are indeed stomach politicians. For those of us principled, we have chosen to remain in PDP.”
Aliyu, who stated this in Minna during a visit by former local council chairmen in the state, urged the electorate not to be discouraged by the wave of defections from PDP, adding, “Those who should be disturbed are members of APC, who will soon have problems of political profiteers on their hands.”
He also debunked claim that he had dumped the PDP governorship candidate, Umar Nasko, for the APC candidate, Abubakar Sani.
“I heard people insinuating that I have dumped my party’s candidate for the APC candidate. It is a lie; I will never do such a thing,” he said.
On this Saturday elections, he stated that PDP will abide by the rule of law to ensure nobody or party is cheated, thus ensuring the polls reflect the wishes of people of the state.
On APC’s accusation that PDP plans to rig the April 11 gubernatorial election, the governor said, “They are indeed the very ones trying to rig and cause civil unrest.”
Earlier, Seidu Abubakar, former chairman of Wushishi local council, who led the ex-chairmen’s visit, told the governor that they had decided to remain in PDP based on principles and conviction, despite the aftereffect of the presidential election.
Meanwhile, the governor has demanded an unreserved apology from APC, alongside those the party accused of planning to disrupt and rig the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in favour of his anointed governorship candidate for PDP.
He described the accusation as laughable and a clear indication that the party has realised it is fielding a less popular candidate.
Aliyu, in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Israel Ebije, said APC by its accusations is already frustrated that the ‘Buhari Tsunami’ is no more feasible in the coming polls, adding that the popularity of PDP candidate, Umar Nasko, has also overwhelmed the party.
The governor therefore called on Nigerlites to hold APC members and supporters responsible for any election violence, claiming they had perfected plot with their hired thugs to unleash mayhem on the state once they lose the gubernatorial election.
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