Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu has attributed the recent defeat of the People Democratic Party (PDP) at both the national and state elections to the party’s failure to honour the single term agreement entered into and therefore saw defeat coming.
According to Aliyu who made this revelation when he spoke as a special guest of honour at the convocation lecture organised by the Federal University of Technology, Minna, yesterday said that the heavy defeat suffered by the party at the presidential polls did not come to many Nigerians, especially the PDP members as a surprise.
“Many of us saw it coming, when I reminded us that we had an agreement for one term, they nearly crucified me, and when I led the G7 Governors, they did not do what we wanted them to do until five members left, and they later did what we asked them to do.
“I recall also that when APC came on board, I was the first person to say I was very happy that now we have a strong party to put PDP on its toes and many people were asking me that, are you really a member? Up to the last election, my accusation has always been that I was a supporter of APC and now you have seen the result”, he lamented.
He added that Nigerians wanted something different from what they had in the past 16 years, adding, “Nigerians wanted a change and Nigerians got the change. You will have many reasons; one, PDP has been around for 16 years and there is no way you will be around for 16 years and you will not make mistakes; so there are many reasons that will be put together and we will be able to understand and guide people as to next time, these are some of the things you need to do”
Aliyu disclosed that it was not only government officials that were corrupt, but corruption itself he said started from the home.
He argued that a junior civil servant with two wives and over twenty children also breed corruption because there was no way his salary could take care of those children.
In his remarks, the chairman of the Governing Council Prof. Ahmed Alkali said “Nigeria is at a crossroad in his fight against corruption because every Nigerian is corrupt in one way or the other.
“If Nigeria must fight corruption, we must all check ourselves to ensure that at all levels we kill corruption. Anything we do in excess is corruption”.
Source: This Day