Babangida Denies Receiving N1.6bn From Jonathan’s Govt

Former Governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu

 

The immediate past governor of Niger State, Aliyu Babangida on Monday reacted to the Federal Government’s list of looters in which his name was mentioned saying he never collected N1.6billion from office of National Security Adviser (NSA).

Aliyu explained that the former President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration never deemed him fit to be entrusted with the said funds. He claimed that the inclusion of his name in the list is aimed at tarnishing his good image.

“Let me categorically state for the records that I never received such amount from the Jonathans administration. As leader of the G-7, I was not considered loyal enough to be entrusted with the fund, which was meant for campaign.

“I have never been mentioned in any ONSA disbursement since 2015. I have no case with the Federal Government over the alleged disbursement or any other. I have every reason to believe the looters list in which my name was included was drafted to tarnish my image,” he said.

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Aliyu, in the statement which was signed by his Media Adviser, Israel Ebije, therefore called on the Federal Government to remove his name from the list of alleged looters.

He also urged the Federal Government to be balanced in naming and shaming alleged looters. He claimed that the list is politicised and craftily deployed to score cheap political points, adding that he await to see names of politicians working with the APC government who have benefited from the said loot.

New APC Member Governors Are In For A Surprise – Odidika

A legal practitioner, Kenneth Odidika, on Wednesday said that members of the G7 who crossed over to the APC are in for a surprise as they would not have as much freedom as they did while in the PDP.

While speaking on Sunrise Daily, Odidika said that the cross over from the PDP to APC was because their demands for protection from prosecution was not met by the PDP leadership.

As well as a way of positioning themselves for power come 2015 but he warned that “by the time they get there, they will find out that what they thought was, isn’t.” According to him, “these people who moved into APC are going to learn some lessons because they are dealing with a master, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 


He added that “in PDP you are allowed a lot of latitude, which doesn’t exist in a Tinubu party, whether ACN or APC.”

Odidika also stressed that cross-carpeting makes no difference in the polity as all parties are the same. The political parties do not have any ideology as their sole target is to fill their pockets with State funds and satisfy their desire to stay in power.

Members of the G7 that joined the APC on Tuesday had been labelled thieves and rogues over the years by the same party but have now become saints by virtue of joining the opposition. “The politics being played in Nigeria has nothing to do with the interest of the average Nigerian,” he said adding that “I’m not surprised they left and I won’t be surprised if they go back.”

Commenting on Governor Aliyu Babangida’s insistence that he is still a member of the PDP, Odidika said that the governor has always been vocal about his willingness to negotiate with the leadership of the PDP.
Odidika added that the actions of the governors who are currently serving their last term are in a bid to protect themselves from the possibility of being held accountable for crimes committed while in office.

“When immunity is removed, EFCC or other agencies could come after them so their problem is how to get protected having committed crimes in the past 8 years,” he said.
Speaking about the legality of retaining their position after cross-carpeting, Odidika explained that “provision of the constitution regarding cross-carpeting does not apply to the Executive arm which includes the President, Vice President, Governors or deputy Governors.

PDP Crisis: G7 To Meet In Abuja Today

Seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party are expected to meet in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital today to brain storm over pertinent issues.

All the seven governors, who claim to be disenchanted with the running of the party at the national level, are expected to  attended the meeting scheduled to hold at the Sokoto State governor’s lodge.

Host governor, Aliyu Wamakko, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Rivers State’s Rotimi Amaechi,  Aliyu Babangida of Niger State, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed,  Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State are all expected at the meeting.

Sources close to the governors say that a major agenda of the meeting could be the refusal by INEC to grant the splinter group recognition following the ruling of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which declined the request of the faction for recognition.