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By Idowu Bankole

The Northern Youths Movement (NYM) has told the former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, to concentrate on winning Niger State for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, rather than going about boasting that the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar will win Rivers State in the election.

According to a release issued in Abuja on Wednesday, and signed by its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, the NYM said empty assurance by the likes of Dr Babangida Aliyu was the reason Atiku is carrying on as if he had already won the presidential election.

The group said rather than relying on votes from Rivers State and other South South States, Babangida Aliyu should strive to deliver Niger State to his party, PDP, for the first time since 2011.

The NYM, which described as a notorious fact the abysmal performance of the PDP in Niger State since 2011, pointed out that even with Dr Babangida Aliyu as sitting Governor, PDP lost woefully in the State in 2011 and 2015.

For record purpose, in the 2011 presidential election, PDP lost Niger State with over 300,000 votes while the party lost with over 500,000 votes in 2015.

In 2011 when Babangida Aliyu was Governor of Niger State, PDP had 321,429 votes as against Congress for Progressive Change’s 652,574.

Still with him as governor in 2015, PDP had 149,222 votes while APC had
657,678.

In 2019, with Atiku on the ballot as PDP candidate, APC won with 394,319 votes. PDP had 218,052 votes while APC had 612,371.

With results of the presidential elections in 2011, 2015 and 2019 highlighted above, where is the moral standing of the likes of Babangida Aliyu that are giving Atiku false confidence rather than telling him the truth so that he can buckle up and work hard to be able to win?

It is therefore our plea that people like Babangida Aliyu should leave Atiku alone and let him act in a manner that will show to Nigerians that he is willing to win the election, not just to be on the ballot and as usual, run to Dubai after the election.

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