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NIGER: PDP kicks as LG chapter suspends Babangida Aliyu ‘for working against Jonathan in 2015’

FORMER Governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu, has been suspended by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his Chanchaga LGA.

Aliyu’s suspension was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting held by the members of the party, yesterday.

According to the communiqué, the former governor was accused of “working against the election success” of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

The communique was signed by eight ward chairmen of the PDP out of the ten in the LGA.

The LGA party leaders levelled six allegations against Aliyu and asked him to respond within two weeks.

They listed the allegations as follows:

  • Causing disaffection within the party hierarchy after several attempts at making peace which he has either rebuffed or frustrated.
  • Anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party including insubordination to the authority of the then-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan which caused loss of government at Federal and State levels.
  • Funding of opposition APC in 2015 with the sum of N450 million to defeat his own party the PDP in Niger State in 2015.
  • Refusal to participate and attend party activities.
  • Undermining and working against the resolution of party organs, especially the State Caucus.
  • Causing division that has led to the inability to resolve the issues surrounding the position of State Legal Adviser zoned to his own Local Government Area.

But the north-central zonal caretaker committee of the party has faulted the suspension saying it cannot not stand.

“Truth is that Dr. Babangida Aliyu is not and cannot be suspended by his local government chapter of the party,” Suleiman Mohammed, spokesman of the caretaker committee, said in a statement.

The suspension may not be unconnected with the lingering crisis rocking the PDP in Nigeria State following it’s botched state congress in 2020.

The crisis has reportedly factionalised the party, with each group laying claim to its structure.

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