By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA—Seventeen of the registered political parties in Niger State, weekend, adopted Dr. Babangida Aliyu as their candidate for the 2011 polls.
The parties also pledged to work for the realisation of the second term ambition of the governor because of what they called his “good performance over the last three and half years.”
The parties, under the platform of Coalition of Registered Political Parties in Niger State, recounted what they called the record of achievements of the governor from maintaining peaceful coexistence among the diverse ethnic groups in the state to free education and free medical treatment for the aged and pregnant women and infrastructural developments.
“One good term deserves another,” they said, promising that they would mobilise their members in the 25 local government areas of the state to cast their ballots for the governor in next years election.
Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu, who was accompanied by his deputy, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, as well as a large number of political appointees to the event appreciated the coalition for throwing their weights behind his second term ambition and promised to work assiduously for the overall development of the state.
Aliyu, however, pointed out what he described as threat to the growth of democracy in Nigeria which he said was the plan by members of the National Assembly to make themselves automatic members of the national executive committee of their parties.
He said if the plan was allowed to go party democracy would be grounded in the country because a few people would have forced their opinion on the majority of Nigerians.
‘The national assembly members are killing democracy with their plans to amend the electoral act to make them automatic members of the NEC of their parties’ he said adding that ‘They (NA members) will cripple democracy, they are selfish, Nigerians should rise and oppose this amendment.