Amidst speculations that former governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu would be using his son, Ibrahim Babangida Aliyu’s marriage to organise political meeting to set a template for 2019, the former governor yesterday denied the alleged plans.
A statement by the spokesman of the former governor, Mr Israel Ayegba Ebije, stated that his son, will be wedding this weekend where the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, governors of Sokoto and Kano states, Aminu Tambuwal, and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, respectively, emirs and many other politicians who have indicated interest to attend are only coming to grace the occasion.
The former governor said politicians must avoid acts that are capable of distracting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that he must be given needed support to succeed especially now that the country is in recession.
“The attention of the former governor of Niger State has been directed to a rumor alleging he is convening a political meeting in Kano State ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Let me clarify that he is only planning the wedding ceremony of his son scheduled to hold on Saturday.
“He has only extended invitations to friends and associates, as it is customary in any civil society. There is no political coloration as it is being insinuated.” The statement added.
Furthermore, Babangida said those behind the rumour do not have the interest of the country at heart and that it’s indeed unfair to wrap around false claim on a harmless social event.
He said in the statement, “The rumour is tantamount to distracting governance at the centre. Mr President needs to be encouraged and not distracted. He has managed the insurgency scourge, whittled corruption and with our collective support, he will dissipate recession.”
He therefore urged Nigerians to imbibe the new mantra “change begins with me” towards engaging attributes of good citizenry, adding the task of building Nigeria should involve every patriotic Nigerian by putting aside political, ethnic or religious differences to pull the nation out of its present economic mire.