PDP suspends former Niger Gov, Muazu Babangida for causing disaffection within party

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State has suspended Former Governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, over allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party since 2014.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of an emergency stakeholders’ meeting in Minna, the state’s capital on Monday.

The suspension was as a result of six weighty allegations, which the party in Chanchaga Local Area of Niger State finds very disturbing and inimical to the progress of the PDP.

The PDP in a statement, titled: “Notice of suspension of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu from the PDP, Chanchaga LGA,” also disclosed that the former Governor worked against former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the party’s governorship candidate in Niger State, Alhaji Umar Nasko, by supporting and funding the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 with the sum of N450 million to defeat his own party.

The communique, which was made available to journalists on Monday, said the allegations are as follows: “Causing disaffection within the party hierarchy even after several peace efforts.

“String and verifiable allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party since 2014 that led to the loss of Government at the centre and the state levels. This includes disobedience to then-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and working against his re-election success in 2015.

“He supported and funded the opposition, APC in 2015 with the sum of N450 million to defeat his own party for personal and selfish reasons.

“Refusal to participate and attend party activities; undermining and working against the resolutions of party organs especially the state caucus and causing division that has led to the inability to resolve the issues surrounding the position of state legal adviser that has been unoccupied since 2015 in his own Local Government Area.

“These and many others have led to the immediate suspension of Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Chanchaga Local Government.”

The meeting, which was attended by eight ward chairmen of the party out of the 11 wards in the LGA, elders and party faithful from Chanchaga LGA, said the allegations levelled against him were forwarded to him to respond within 14 days from the date of the meeting.

One of the Media Aides of the former Governor, Mr Bala Bitrus said that the suspension is laughable as the state PDP does not have an executive in place to approve such suspension.

He said that the meeting held was illegal and holds no water adding that Aliyu will address the issue when he receives the communication about his suspension.

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