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The former governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says that he has no intention of defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aliyu made the remark on Monday, February 19, in Minna following the defection of 34,826 politicians from other political parties including Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, deputy chairman of PDP, in the state.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many of the politicians who abandoned their various political parties to defect to the APC were mainly Aliyu’s close allies in the state.
“I have no intention of defecting to the APC because I believe in the PDP. I had the opportunity of decamping to the APC when I led the G-7 governors but did not do so because of my belief in the PDP.
“What we protested then was to correct some of the abnormality in PDP but not to defect to the APC.
“If I were a selfish politician then I will have defected to the APC then. May be I would have become a minister now," he said.
He noted that the PDP made him a governor, saying that it was a strong political party if not for internal wrangling that made it to lose the 2015 election.
The former governor said that the party had started working toward correcting the wrongs at the various levels.
On the herders/farmers clashes across the country, he said that the federal government must tag it a security concern and plan how to stop it.
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He advised the government to establish cattle ranches where necessary and carry the stakeholders along in order to avoid misunderstanding that would result in more clashes.
Legit.ng had reported that Chief John Oyegun, national chairman of the APC, received 34,826 members of the PDP in Niger, who moved to the party.
Among the defectors are the state deputy chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former attorney general, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.
Oyegun said in Minna at a rally to receive the defectors that Nigerians must shun sentiment and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to set the nation on a new path of growth and progress.
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