The Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday insisted that a former Governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu remain suspended from the party for alleged anti-party activities.
This is coming after the national headquarters of the party said Aliyu was not on suspension.
Spokesman for the PDP in the state, Yahaya Usman, who spoke to journalists in Minna, said Aliyu was suspended over his alleged role in truncating former President Goodluck Jonathan’s chance of winning the 2015 presidential election.
According to him, leaders of the party in the three senatorial districts of the state have reaffirmed their support for the suspension of the former governor as leader of the party in the state.
“We now support Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, who said that former Gov. Aliyu owed the PDP an apology for admitting that he undermined the party in the 2015 elections.
“We have been vindicated; we had told Nigerians that Dr Aliyu betrayed us and worked for the ruling APC during the elections.
“He betrayed the party, betrayed former President Goodluck Jonathan and also betrayed our governorship candidate, Alhaji Umar Nasko.
“We said it several times that he went as far as donating funds to the opposition party in the state,’’ Usman said, adding that the PDP in Niger has elevated former deputy governor of the state, Dr Shem Zagbayi, as the new leader of the party.