Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and Governor of Niger State Babangida Aliyu on Wednesday declared that the seat of power at the centre is not vacant for any member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to aspire for.
Daily Times Nigeria, Pita Chikwem reports that Aliyu made the declaration in Minna on when some youths under the aegis of Babangida Aliyu Youth for Peace Initiative called on him at government house where they asked him to contest the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the PDP.
The youths led by Comrade Inienimi Ballantyne Agiri had declared that “ now that by tenure and sheer leadership for development capacity you are most qualified for National Service we feel duty bound to also make a clarion call on your humble and hard working self to respond to the earnest yearning of the patriotic youth of Nigeria for a focus service to the entire citizens of this country by accepting to present yourself as an aspirant for the 2015 presidential election.”
Aliyu started by saying “let me respond to the question by big people with big question’ and went on to thank the youths for considering him fit for the topmost job In the country. He then said that ‘as a loyal party man we will watch as things unfold in the PDP.”
He however said that for the PDP “we have an incumbent in place usually the incumbent no matter the performance you will not want to remove him. I believe the PDP will want to offer him that position.For 2015 there is no vacancy in Aso rock’ he said emphatically.”
He however added that everyone in the PDP will wait until the President declares to run for a second term before any scrambling can begin for the position if he acts in the negative.
Governor Aliyu said he had never shown any inordinate ambition for any political office since he joined politics adding that providence had always had a hand in whatever he becomes.
He challenged the youths to join in the vanguard of campaigning for the PDP in all parts of the country because the PDP means well for all Nigerians and Nigeria.
Comrade Agiri had earlier told the Governor that the Babangida Aliyu Youth for Peace Initiative is on a mission for serving ‘our nation through sensitizing and mobilizing our fellow youth who form the majority segment of Nigeria’s population on whose fragile shoulders rests the responsibility for sustaining this great nations future prospects and progress.
Agiri added that after an extensive deliberations and wide consultation with Nigerian youths they have come to the irrevocable conclusion that peace is the panacea for growth and development of the nation.
Members of the group are drawn from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja the federal capital territory.