This Day (Lagos)

20 February 2013

Nigeria: 2015 - Northern Youths Reject Aliyu's Presidential Bid

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President Goodluck Jonathan

The rumoured presidential ambition of Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State was Tuesday rejected by some youths in the North.

The youths, under the aegis of Northern Advancement for Peace, Harmony and Development, advised the governor to stop eyeing the exalted position in 2015, but to return to his farms from where he made his way to the governorship seat.

In a statement signed by its President, Ejeh Melvin, the group said: "Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to governor Aliyu during the presidential summit on water innovation at the State House on Monday in which he discredited the person of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo and Senator David Mark, for his selfish reasons.

"We the northern youths completely align ourselves with the submission of the Senate President, David Mark, that it is the duty of state governors to provide potable water and other social amenities to their citizens, which Aliyu failed woefully to do as the governor of the state and Chairman, Northern Governors' Forum (NGF)."

"His poor leadership quality is evident in the persistent crises that have rocked NGF, which has defiled solution."

The youths noted that President Jonathan did so well as Governor of Bayelsa State and is currently transforming the country, in spite of the security challenges.

The statement further enjoined Ailyu to be sober over the lingering insecurity in the North that has brought the region to its kneel, and should rather be thinking of how to resolve the lingering crisis that has bedeviled it.

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