Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu
By Aisha Wakaso
Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, has stated that external forces are responsible for the unresolved crises rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), warning the people behind the crisis to steer clear of the dispute.
“What is happening is an internal affair of the PDP because I am beginning to see a sign as if some people don’t want reconciliation to take place through the type of articles they are planting in newspapers,” he said.
According to Aliyu, who made this known in Minna yesterday when he received the Brigade Commander, 31 Field Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Minna, Major General Hassan Abayomi Salihu, said: “The PDP has the capacity to resolve whatever differences we have, we must not allow people who are outside the party to get so enmeshed in the problem that is not their own and in the process kill that which we want to build.
“I need to draw your attention to this because I have been reading a lot of articles that they planted to create more animosity and anarchy that will make reconciliation difficult.”
Aliyu, who is one of the G7 governors at the centre of the crisis, noted that they (G7 governors, who were involved in the formation of the new PDP were mature enough to know when to hold and when to let go.”
He argued that the whole essence of the crisis that had plagued the PDP since the Special National Convention held at the Eagle Square, Abuja last month, which led to the walk out of the venue by the seven governors and their delegates was about ‘democracy’.
“The whole essence is about democracy and morality, democracy may not necessarily flourish, morality means that if you make an agreement whether privately or publicly we must learn to keep it,” he added.
Aliyu said the whole essence of the struggle was to build a democratic culture in politicians to the extent that their words would always be their bond.