- Former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, has been suspended by the PDP
- Aliyu's suspension was announced on Monday, March 29, after a stakeholders' meeting Chachanga LGA
- The ex-governor was accused of working for the ruling APC in the state
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) taken another twist as the Niger chapter of the party suspended former governor Babangida Aliyu over allegations of anti-party activities.
The Nation reports that the former governor was suspended during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting of Chachanga local Area in Minna, the state capital on Monday, March 29.
Legit.ng gathered that the PDP also accused the former governor of working against the party and supporting the APC in the 2015 election, adding that he does not attend meetings and that he is working to disintegrate the party.
Daily Nigerian reports the meeting was attended by eight ward chairmen of the party out of the 11 wards, elders and party faithful from Chanchaga LGA.
According to the report, one of the media aides of the ex-governor, Bala Bitrus said the suspension is laughable as the state PDP does not have an executive in place to approve such suspension.
He said that the meeting held was illegal and holds no water, adding that Aliyu would address the issue when he receives the communication about his suspension.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that aspirants under the age of 35 seeking to contest for elective positions on the platform of the PDP would be exempted from the payment of nomination fees.
It was reported that the party's National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee (NRSC) made this known in its new recommendation.
The recommendation from the opposition party was contained in a letter signed by the chairman of the National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee (NRSC), Bukola Saraki.
The committee in a letter dated Thursday, March 25, and addressed to Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, noted that the recommendation is following the meeting held with the party’s national youth leader and other young people across the nation.
In a related report, another crisis is looming in the PDP following threats by some Igbo leaders to defect from the party if it fails to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast region.
The threat was issued on Thursday, March 25, by a group of eminent Nigerians from the south-east geopolitical zone under the auspices of the Igbo Leadership Development Foundation.