By Justina Asishana, Minna
Former Niger Governor Babangida Aliyu has explained why Northern Governors opposed former President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid in 2015.
According to him, the opposition was because they felt the North would be disadvantaged if Jonathan had returned to power.
Speaking in Minna, Aliyu stated there had been an agreement that Jonathan would complete the remaining years of former President Musa Yar’adua’s tenure and contest the 2011 election as a sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said Jonathan’s insistence on vying for second term in 2015 was against the agreement the then northern Governors had with him.
According to him: “Following the sudden passage of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May, 5th, 2010, the leadership of the then governing Peoples Democratic Party along with the state governors under the flagship of the party had series of meetings on the presidency and the future of our great party.
“All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.
“However, midway, President Goodluck Jonathan insisted to run for the office in 2015 against the grain of our earlier agreement.
“Since this was against the grain of our earlier agreement in the party, and which we, the governors in the North felt the North would have been shortchanged if Jonathan had succeeded, we rose stoutly to insist on the agreement we all had.
“On that premise, we opposed Jonathan. But all along, Goodluck Jonathan had enjoyed every support from the governors in the north and the entire region.”
The former Governor said it was wrong for anyone to say he had opposed Goodluck Jonathan.
He added that as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum then, it was his responsibility to tell the people the stand of the Governors.
“As Chairman of the 19 Northern States Governors Forum, the task was on my shoulders to voice out the position of the North which stood disadvantaged by the demise of Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua and the insistence that Jonathan should run for the office of president in 2015.
“We acted in good spirit and argued our points based on principle and on the subsisting agreement we had with Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. That agreement was written and accepted by all,” he stated
Aliyu further insisted that the northern Governors did not oppose Jonathan but his insistence of running for a second term in office as the north would have lost out completely.