– Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger state, said he did not betray Jonathan in 2015 as being speculated
– According to him, the former president had agreed to complete Yar’Adua tenure before he reneged
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The Punch reports that he said they worked against Jonathan’s re-election because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term.
Legit.ng gathered that Aliyu said this in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why we opposed Jonathan’s second term bid – Babangida Aliyu.’
PM News reports that the former governor was reacting to his purported suspension by the PDP in the Chachanga local government area of Niger state for alleged anti-party activities, including working against Jonathan in 2015.
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“All the governors in the north under the PDP supported the then vice-president Goodluck Jonathan to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.”
Aliyu said Jonathan insisted to run for the office in 2015 against the grain of their earlier agreement, adding that the governors in the north felt the north would have been short-changed if Jonathan had succeeded.
He said the north stood disadvantaged by Yar’Adua’s death and the insistence that Jonathan should run for the office of president in 2015.
Aliyu noted the governor acted in good spirit, saying that their points based on principle and on the subsisting agreement they had with Jonathan.
According to him, the agreement was written and accepted by the governors elected on the platform of the PDP.
He further state:
“We didn’t oppose Jonathan but we were opposed to his insistence on a second term in office because the north would have lost out completely.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, admitted that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan contributed immensely to one of the most peaceful transitions in Nigeria after the 2015 general elections.
Source: Legit Nigeria
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