The Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu on Tuesday publicly pledged his loyalty and support for President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr Aliyu declaration came on the heels of the alleged role he played in the emergence of Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum against the President and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wish.
Speaking for the first time after the weekend crisis that greeted the NGF election at the ground breaking ceremony of the Zungeru Hydro-electric Power Project in Niger state, Aliyu said he is loyal and not at war with the President.
“Those who are thinking that there is weigh between the Niger state government and governor and the President should swallow their spit. “We are one, we recognise that the people of Nigeria elected him and we respect that. If we do not respect and follow you (Mr. President), God will ask us. So we are saying, Mr. President that we are for you.”, Aliyu declared.
Pledging his continued support and loyalty to Jonathan, Aliyu explained that his criticism of the President’s policies and programmes were not a show of disloyalty but a deliberate move to attract more projects and attention to his state. “If you hear a lot of criticism, it is not because we do not love you (President) but because we want you to do more. Regardless of the noise, I know PDP shall make it, because we are one and we all are in one party," he added.
Earlier the governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Ndaladi Ndayebo denied rumor that he was part of a splinter group ready to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party in the aftermath of last week’s election of the NGF.