The newly formed alliance between the New PDP and the All Peoples’ Congress suffered what seemed to be a major set-back few hours after the merger was announced. One of the principal actors in the G-7 group, made up of aggrieved Governors from the Peoples Democratic Party, Babangida Aliyu has opted out of the arrangement.
Aliyu on Tuesday announced that he remains a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Niger State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, issued a statement in which he made it known that the Governor was shocked “at the announcement of the merger of New PDP and APC even before a final decision was taken on the matter.”
Ndayebo disclosed that his principal was not present at the meeting where the merger deal was sealed between the New PDP and APC leaders as widely reported by the media. He pointed out that in Governor Aliyu’s opinion, “talks were still ongoing with the president” and he (Governor Aliyu) “would await the outcome of the negotiation before taking a final decision.”
Meanwhile, while briefing newsmen, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje said Governor Aliyu left the meeting in which the merger was agreed early. He did not state that Aliyu disagreed with the decision.
The meeting was attended by APC’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; National Chairman, Bisi Akande; Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso: Senator Bukola Saraki; Senator, Abdullahi Adamu; former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva; Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State and Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Bello Masari, National Secretary of the PDP, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Abia governor, Ogbonnaya Onu; former PDP vice chairman, Sam Jaja; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed were also present.