The Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, yesterday said that he would rather resign from politics instead of defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He described politicians defecting from the PDP to the APC as those “suffering from poverty of integrity, morality and principle.”
Aliyu, who was receiving guests at his office in Minna, said that PDP’s supporters should not be deterred by defections from PDP, adding that those who had cause to worry were members of the APC, who would soon have problems of political profiteers in their hands.
“I will resign from politics instead of joining APC, those defecting from PDP, based on the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly election, lack principles of integrity and morality, they are indeed stomach politicians.”
“For principles of integrity, morality, we have chosen to remain in the PDP. I heard people insinuating that I have dumped my party candidate for the APC candidate. It is a lie, I will never do such a thing.”
He said the Niger APC’s allegation against the PDP of the latter’s plans to rig the April 11 governorship election, had shown that “they are indeed the very ones trying to rig and cause civil unrest.”
The governor added, “On our own side, we will abide by the rule to ensure nobody or party is cheated. The election must indeed reflect the wishes of the people.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Seidu Abubakar, former Chairman, Wushishi Local Government, who led a group of former local government chairmen in Niger State to the governor on a visit, said they had chosen to remain in the PDP based on principles and conviction.
“Despite the after effect of the presidential election, we remain undaunted. The Buhari effect has come and gone. The next election will not be APC’s show anymore, because we do not have Buhari among the governorship candidates of the APC,” he said.
Stories by DAN AMASINGHA, Minna