By Dare Lawal
The governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, has been using every opportunity he gets to explain why he went against expectation and decided to remain in the PDP even when the majority of the governors in the G7 plank switched camps to the APC.
He said on Thursday that the focus of the G7 was to reform the party and not to defect to any party.
Aliyu said this when the International Federation of Women Lawyers, led by its Country Vice President, Barrister Hauwa Shekarau, paid him a courtesy visit at the government house Minna.
He told the female lawyers that he was determined to remain in the PDP.
“Let me seize this opportunity because I kept on reading some things in the national dailies and for the benefit of those who may not understand that I led the so-called G7 as a result of a reform that we are looking for in our party. The idea was not to leave our party but to reform it.
“Along the line, some people found it more expedient to leave the party; that is their choice and I respect that. Those of us who feel that if you want a reform and you want to do it within, I think our views should be respected. People must not go and play politics in whatever form where it creates more problems.
“For us in Niger State, we welcomed the development of two party system rather than having so many parties that will end up creating political prostitution, but you have two parties at least. And I am seizing this opportunity because there are lots of misinformation out there,” he said.
Speaking on the reason behind the formation of the G7 Governors, Aliyu said, “The idea was that we saw some actions that were happening and some people were taking the success of the PDP that have been elected since 1999 for granted.
“There was the need to make people understand that you cannot take people’s support for granted. And you need really to revigorate it, so that it comes back to be properly accepted by the people.
“I have always said my intention was not to leave the PDP, but to reform it. I said, it is not a one-man show or not about me, not about my ambition, it is about the people. And I said, there is no way I will take any decision without coming back to my people, and the majority of my people prefer that we stay in the PDP and we will stay and make it work.”