17 January 2013

Nigeria: Gov Aliyu Disowns Niger PDP Over Jos Visit

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Babangida Aliyu

NIGER State governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu yesterday refuted reports that a consultation team for his presidential campaign was in Jos, Plateau State to canvass support for his 2015 presidential ambition.

Governor Aliyu said the team that was said to have visited Jos on his behalf was there for a thank you visit to the state for supporting the national youth leader of People Democratic Party (PDP) during the last national convention of the party.

He explained that the office of the national youth leader was zoned to the North West geo-political zone but the person elected into that office hails from Niger State, saying it was in order to show appreciation for the support from other member states that the ream decided to embark on thank you visitation.

Governor Aliyu said he has never indicated interest in any political office before any individual or at any forum, not even to talk of the presidential position, let alone constitute a team for consultation on that regard.

"I have never told anybody or group that I want to vie for presidential position in 2015 general election," he said.

He maintained that his party, PDP had even reached an agreement that nobody should start campaign against 2015 general election until 2014, saying 'even the president agreed not to start anything to do with political campaign until the agreed year comes."

The governor also repeated his usual reaction on whenever his name was mention in the list for those nursing the ambition of vying for the number one job in the country that "if what people were saying is God's wish, I will say amen".

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