The former Governor of Niger State, Babagida Aliyu, has revealed why some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party worked against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid.
Aliyu while reacting to his suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger, said some governors under the party worked against Jonathan in 2015 because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term.
Recall that PDP in the LGA said Aliyu was suspended for anti-party activities, including working against Jonathan in 2015.
Jonathan was the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose an election.
The former chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, said the north would have lost out completely if Jonathan got reelected.
He said after northern governors supported Jonathan to complete the tenure of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, the former president was still allowed to contest in 2011.
“Following the sudden passage of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 5th, 2010, the leadership of the then governing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along with the state governors under the flagship of the party had series of meetings on the presidency and the future of our great party.
“All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice President Goodluck Ebele 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.
“However, midway, President Goodluck Jonathan insisted to run for the office in 2015 against the grain of our earlier agreement,” Aliyu said in a statement.
Aliyu said since the governors in the North felt their region would been shortchanged if Jonathan had succeeded, they rose stoutly to insist on the enforcement of the agreement.
“On that premise, we opposed Jonathan. But all along, Goodluck Jonathan had enjoyed every support from the governors in the north and the entire region.
“As chairman of the 19 Northern States Governors Forum, the task was on my shoulders to voice out the position of the North which stood disadvantaged by the demise of Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua and the insistence that Jonathan should run for the office of president in 2015.