17 January 2013

Nigeria: 2015 - Aliyu Denies Rumour of Presidential Campaign

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Babangida Aliyu

The Governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Wednesday debunked rumours that he had commenced his presidential campaign towards the 2015 elections

Aliyu added that he had not declared his ambition to contest the election.

According to the governor, who made this known when he received the Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Abdul Sulaiman, and the new Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Minna, Professor Musibau Akanbi, who paid him courtesy visits in Minna, said: 'It is not true that I flagged off any presidential campaign in Plateau State."

Aliyu stated that there was a directive from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the national level that all campaigns for the 2015 elections should be put on hold till next year, adding that as a loyal party man and law abiding citizen, he will abide by the decision of the party.

According to Aliyu, it was the thank you visit by the National Youth Leader of the party, Alhaji Garba Umaru, who is from the state, who led a delegation to Plateau State to thank the PDP members in that state for voting for him (Umaru) during the national convention of the party that was misconstrued as a presidential campaign flag off by him.

"My clarification of the situation now is not an indication that I am afraid to contest the presidential election when the time comes.

"If it is God's will that I would come out, believe me I am not afraid, I will come out because what will be will be but I am not out yet," he said.

The Niger State Governor pleaded with the media to always get their information correct before publication, saying some reports often misinform the public and overheats the polity.

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