The Niger State Government has alleged the existence of a plot to silence Governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, over his recent comment on the 2015 presidential election.
It specifically claimed that some hawks in Abuja have concluded arrangements to print posters with Governor Aliyu’s portrait and a message of 2015: “Vote Babangida Aliyu for President,” thereby pitting him against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has placed an embargo on campaigning for the presidency.
On February 16, Aliyu, the chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, said in a programme on Liberty FM in Abuja that Jonathan reached an agreement with leaders of the PDP and governors elected on the platform of the party in 2011 to serve only a single term. Although Jonathan has not formally declared he would run in 2015, he is widely known to be making preparations.
A statement by Governor Aliyu's Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, further alleged that some media houses have been commissioned to write negative reports against Gov Aliyu as part of a grand design to discredit him and the Niger State government.
He however described Gov Aliyu as a law-abiding member of the PDP and that he is very much aware of the party directive to members not to commence campaign for the 2015 presidential election yet.
"For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Aliyu has not declared for the presidency. If anything, he is at the moment focused on delivering on the mandate given to him by the people of Niger State and would not be distracted,” the statement said.
Gov Aliyu said God is the ultimate decider of who becomes what, just as he cautioned Nigerians to be wary of persons who may want to discredit others for selfish gains.
Aliyu said he remains committed to his present assignment and would not be distracted by any devious plot by mischief makers.
He reiterated his commitment to the ongoing efforts at re-engineering Niger State to achieve its vision of becoming one of the top three most developed state economies in the country by the year 2020.