Babangida Aliyu: Why northern PDP govs kicked Jonathan out in 2015

Babangida Aliyu and Goodluck Jonathan
Babangida Aliyu and Goodluck Jonathan

Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger State, on Friday, revealed that northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party worked against the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Aliyu, who was a former chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, said this was done because Jonathan reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term.

Aliyu made this known in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Second Term Bid – Babangida Aliyu.’

He said, “All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.

“However, midway, President Goodluck Jonathan insisted to run for the office in 2015 against the grain of our earlier agreement.

“Since this was against the grain of our earlier agreement in the party, and which we, the governors in the North felt the North would have been short-changed if Jonathan had succeeded, we rose stoutly to insist on the agreement we all had.

“On that premise, we opposed Jonathan. But all along, Goodluck Jonathan had enjoyed every support from the governors in the north and the entire region.”

Aliyu added that the North stood disadvantaged by Yar’Adua’s death and the insistence that Jonathan should run for the office of president in 2015.

“We acted in good spirit and argued our points based on principle and on the subsisting agreement we had with Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. That agreement was written and accepted by all.

“We didn’t oppose Jonathan but we were opposed to his insistence on a second term in office because the North would have lost out completely.”

“It is, therefore, wrong for anyone to erroneously say that I, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, had opposed Goodluck Jonathan,” he added.


  1. Although we knew all along, the truth is surfacing, more revelations are on the way…is there any wonder you were suspended! Has the north fared any better since you kicked GEJ out? While Jonathan has moved on all of you that worked against him will leave in regret all your days!

  2. Clap for yourselves. The day you brainless Northerners kicked Goodluck out was the day you killed NIGERIA and kicked up the agitation for the break up of Nigeria. So go with your 19 Northern problems plaguing NIGERIA.

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