By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA—Chairman of the 19 Northern Nigeria Governors’ Forum and governor of Niger State, Dr. Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu has described those opposed to some governors contesting the Senatorial election in
the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as not only greedy but selfish.
Aliyu also said the 2015 general elections can only be held in the North east if the Boko Haram insurgents were crushed by December this year.
He spoke in an interview in Minna yesterday to mark his 59th birthday, saying that it would not be practicable for elections to hold in the area except the insurgents were defeated as promised by President
Goodluck Jonathan by next month.
‘’Our prayer and hope however is that Boko Haram should be over before next month so that elections can hold in this areas in 2015,’’ he said.
On some governors contesting the senatorial election, he said, ‘’Yes that is true, but it could be out of their own greed. I was giving somebody an example when they came to me and said do you know that so, so person did not even purchase the Form for Senate but that it has been sent to him from Abuja .
’I said yes I am aware and I said what am I supposed to do. I am aware that people go out of frustration and are saying sentimentally that they should not allow governors to come to the Senate because they said nobody can control people like me and I said that I thought I am going to represent my people in the Senate.
‘’If I win, I am going to represent my people in the Senate. But the question that readily came to my mind is that, how are you sure that in 2015, you would be where you are that already you are planning or discriminating against those you don’t want governors to be there because of two or three governors that were in the senate are giving them tough time or making things difficult for them and they are now saying they did not want some governors. And they are even sending forms to people to come and contest election into the senate against other people.