PDP Moves To Remove Babangida Aliyu As Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum
The script written by the presidency to deal with rebellious governors against the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan on who becomes the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and by extension, his 2015 ambition is being played out by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
After yesterday’s suspension of the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who went against all odds and the wishes of the presidency to win re-election into the leadership of the all powerful Governors’ Forum, the PDP is now beaming its search light on the governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu after which other rebellious governors will join suit.
The plot being orchestrated by the party hierarchy is to remove Governor Babangida Aliyu as the chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum if he fails to endorse Plateau State governor Jonah Jang’s chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
A presidency source said while the immediate plot is to axe Aliyu from the leadership of the Northern Governors Forum, plans are also being worked out to give similar treatment to governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) who are allegedly the other rebellious governors against the interest of the President.
The source said, “Babangida Aliyu was party to the endorsement of Jang as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum; he was the chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum that adopted him as the consensus candidate; if he decided to go with Amaechi, that means he is unfit to be a leader; and if he decided to be working against the party’s interest, the constitution of the party is not silent on the consequence.”
Speaking further, he explained that although both the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Northern States Governors’ Forum are voluntary associations, whatever happens there has to do with the PDP and the presidency. “Both associations are voluntary but, be that as it may, we are interested in them because whatever they say against the government policies is directly against the PDP and the presidency. Amaechi and Babangida have been saying a lot of things against the party that gave them the mandate and the federal government; this is wrong. Nothing of such was recorded in the Second Republic, and the earlier they are called to order the better.”
According to the source, once Governor Aliyu comes out to pitch his tent with the Amaechi camp, “those whom he presides over have the right to decide whether he should continue to be their leader or otherwise”.
When the time comes, those that have been penciled in to do the hatchet job are the like of Bauchi State governor Isa Yuguda, Katsina State governor Ibrahim Shema and Benue State governor Gabriel Suswam who all played prominent roles in the endorsement of Jang before the election of Amaechi, he stated.
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