The governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has pleaded with PDP members not to pray for the failure of the APC-led government but rather to work towards regaining power in 2019.
Aliyu who spoke at the College of Education, Minna yesterday when he commissioned some TERTFund projects admonished his party men and women to pray for the success of the incoming APC government.
Saying the failure of any government will impact negatively on everyone, including the PDP members, he enjoined all to “pray for the success of APC government because if you pray for failure of APC you will suffer, because you suffer for failure of any government”.
The governor, however warned against turning the nation to a one party state, adding “we should not go back to one party state, we must have a virile opposition and we saw that coming when the political parties merged”.
He said the merger and the defection of the governors as well as failure to honour the agreement of one term signed by President Goodluck Jonathan were responsible for the political tsunami that hit the PDP.
“When the first election took place, people were shocked when they came and I was the one telling them to take it easy, and I said God in His infinite mercy has made me see it coming; when I raised the issue of an agreementthey thought I was a liar but believe me there was,” he said.
Aliyu added that it was the ills within the PDP that gave rise to G7 group of governors which he said was to correct the wrongs in the party even as many did not believe the group, but said the development led to the defection of five members which eventually strengthened APC.