Ex-gov Aliyu is a serial blackmailer – Wike

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Rivers State Governor Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday accused former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu of being a mole in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Wike’s accusation came days after the one-time Niger governor accused him of being a dictator.

But hitting back, Wike described Dr. Aliyu as a liability to the PDP.

Speaking in the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike branded Aliyu a “serial blackmailer”, who betrayed his party by working against PDP’s interest in 2015.

He was reacting to a media chat in which Aliyu, among other things, accused Wike of trying to play a godfather and a dictator in the PDP.

But Wike, who described the former governor as a chronic liar and serial betrayer, recalled that Aliyu once admitted that he and other former governors in the North worked against the interest of the party during  the 2015 presidential election.

The governor noted some Aliyu’s colleagues in the North, including Jonah Jang of Plateau and Sule Lamido of Jigawa states quickly absolved themselves from Aliyu’s claim.

He said: “There is no political dictator in Rivers State as far as PDP is concerned. That is why if there is any state the PDP is sure of winning any day any time in this country I am sure you all know that it is Rivers State.

“That is not the case of Niger state. This is a man who came out in public to say they worked against the PDP in 2015 presidential election. Even, Jang the former Governor of Plateau state and Sule Lamido, the former governor of Jigawa State, came to say it was a lie they never worked against our party.

“You saw the reply of the former President to him. He is a rabblerouser and a perpetual blackmailer. He is a chronic liar and a serial betrayer.”

 He recalled that Aliyu was among the party leaders, who opposed the emergence of Uche Secondus in 2017 as the chairman of the PDP, adding that the former governor had become a spokesman for Secondus-led National Working Committee because of his jobless condition.

Wike said while he had led the PDP to victory in many elections in Rivers, despite federal might, Aliyu had serially lost all the elections, the PDP contested in his Niger State.

He said Aliyu lacked the capacity to lead the PDP to victory because of his alleged woeful performance in the state and challenged him to point at his legacy projects throughout the period he governed Niger.

Wike said Aliyu’s dictatorial tendencies contributed in the waning fortunes of the PDP in Niger, lamenting that the former governor’s style has made it impossible for the PDP to hold party congresses in his state.

The Rivers governor said Aliyu, despite his academic background, misquoted his statement during the build-up to the election in Edo State when he said that some NWC members were tax collectors.

Wike said: “I said ‘some NWC members are tax collectors’, I didn’t say ‘NWC members are tax collectors’. I stand by my words.”

He chided Aliyu for suggesting that the PDP should have punished him for the “tax collector” comment.

Wike also debunked Aliyu’s claim that he was fighting Secondus, adding that he had no problem with the party’s chairman.

He, however, said that he would not stop speaking out whenever things were not going well in the party.

Wike said: “This same Aliyu Babangida in 2017 was one of those who opposed Secondus to be chairman of the party. He only gave his support at the last minute when he saw that Secondus was coasting home to victory. Aliyu has no job.”

The governor also traced Aliyu’s anger to his refusal to invite him to inaugurate projects in Rivers State.

He said the former governor was not qualified for such invitations because he left no landmarks in Niger.

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