There have been defections of late in the Peoples Democratic Party as many of the party’s top leaders moved to other parties. The gale of defection followed the decision of former Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to resign his membership of the party and also quit partisan politics.
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State says he will rather resign from active politics than defect from his party PDP to APC.
In a statement while addressing some local government Chairmen who paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House, Minna on April 8th, 2015, Governor Aliyu referred to PDP members who have since defected as stomach politicians, suffering from poverty, lack of morals and integrity.
Here is how he put it:
“Those who have defected from PDP to APC have clearly demonstrated that they are not principled and they are suffering from poverty, lack integrity and not morals and could easily be described as stomach politicians. For me, I will rather resign from politics than defect to APC or any other party. 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,” he 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 party, APC, in the state that the PDP was planning to rig the April 11 gubernatorial election had 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 they had chosen to remain in 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’s show anymore because we do not have Buharis among the governorship candidates of the APC”.