The Governor of Niger State Babangida Aliyu, on Wednesday said he would rather resign from politics in place of defecting from Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC).
He described politicians defecting from the PDP to the All Progressive Congress (APC) as people who were suffering from poverty of integrity, morality and principle.
Aliyu, who was receiving guests at his office, in Minna, said electorates should not be worried by defections from PDP, adding that those who should worry were members of the APC, who would soon have problems of political profiteers in their hands.
According to him: “I will resigned from politics instead of joining APC, those defecting from PDP based on the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly elections lack principles of integrity and morality.They are, indeed, stomach politicians.”
“For principles of integrity, morality, we have chosen to remain in PDP. I heard people insinuating that I have dumped my party candidate for the APC candidate. It is a lie. I will never do such a thing.”
Speaking on the forthcoming election, he said Niger APC accusation against the PDP over plans to rig in the April 11 gubernatorial election had shown that “they are, indeed, the very ones trying to rig and cause civil unrest. On our own side, we will abide by the rule, to ensure nobody or party is cheated. The election must, indeed, reflect the wishes of the people.”
Meanwhile, AlhajiSeiduAbubakar, former chairman Wushishi Local Government Area, who led a group of former local government chairmen in Niger State to the governor on a visit,said they had chosen to remain in the PDP based on principles and conviction.
“Despite the after-effect of the presidential election, we remain undaunted. The Buhari effect has come and gone. The next election will not be an APC show, because we do not have Buharis among the governorship candidates of the APC.”