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Jonathan’s Defeat Was Not A Surprise, Says Aliyu

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Gov. Babatunde Aliyu

NIGER State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has said that the recent defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at both the national and state elections did not come to many Nigerians, especially PDP members, as a surprise because “we saw it coming”.

Governor Aliyu who spoke in Minna yesterday as a special guest of honour at a convocation lecture organised by the Federal University of Technology, Minna, said the failure of the PDP to honour the single term agreement entered into led to the heavy defeat suffered by the party at the presidential polls.

His words: “Many of us saw it coming. When I said that we had an agreement for one term, they nearly crucified me, and when I led the G7 Governors, they did not do what we wanted them to do until five members left, and they later did what we asked them to do.

“I recall also that when APC came on board, I was the first person to say I was very happy that now we have a strong party to put PDP on its toes and many people were asking me, are you really a member?”

Aside this, the governor said there are other reasons for the failure of the party at the polls. “Nigerians wanted a change and Nigerians got the change. You will have many reasons. One, PDP has been around for 16 years and there is no way you will be around for 16 years and you will not make mistakes. So there are many reasons that will be put together and we will be able to understand and guide people as to next time.”

Speaking on Hon Justice Legbo Kutigi lecture titled: ‘The Role Of Law In The Enhancement of Socio-Economic Growth Of The Nation’, Aliyu said it is not only government officials that are corrupt, but corruption itself starts from the home.

He argued that a junior civil servant with two wives and over 20 children also breeds corruption because there is no way his salary can take care of those children.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Ahmed Alkali said: “Nigeria is at a crossroads in the fight against corruption because every Nigerian is corrupt in one way or the other.

“If Nigeria must fight corruption, we must all check ourselves to ensure that at all levels we kill corruption. Anything we do in excess is corruption”.

Earlier, Justice Kutigi in his lecture said that it has been acknowledged that corruption impacts negatively on economic development and that corruption is one of the major factors militating against economic growth in many developing countries, including Nigeria.

He expressed regret that despite the fact that there are criminal code provisions, statutory enactment and administrative institutions for combating corruption, several factors, he said, account for the thriving of corruption in Nigeria.

These, he pointed out include, weak legal institutions and culture for dealing with corruption, adding: “It is therefore imperative for developing countries like ours to create institutional structures and procedures that are designed to reduce the opportunities for corrupt practices and behaviour that are undesirable.”


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