By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has predicted that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) would be humiliated out of office in the next general elections in the country.
He said in Minna that Nigeria under the governing All Progressives Congress, (APC) has experienced pains, penury and pervasive injustices than at any other time in the history of this country.
He therefore forecasted that the APC led government would be voted out of power in 2019 general elections.
Babangida Aliyu who bore his mind on the state of the nation while receiving members of the Inter Community Relations Committee in his Minna residence, said the APC government at the state and federal levels have mismanaged and abused their electoral fortunes.
He said the misrule of the governing All Progressive Congress has prepared a good ground for the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) to retake power from the hands of the inept APC led government in the next year’s elections at all three tiers of government.
The former governor made the assertions when he granted audience to members of the Inter Community Relations Committee led by its Coordinator, Chief Olusola Ajayi, who were on a solidarity visit to him on Sunday.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu said “we will change the government of the day next year. We will work harder. We will pray harder and God will answer our prayers to end the current excruciating pains and economic hardship hoisted on Nigerians”.
He noted that “Nigerians have already seen through that the APC led federal government, nay the present administration in the state have no answers nor solutions on how to take Nigerians out of the senseless pains the country is going through.
The erstwhile governor noted that at the home front, the administration in the state has not proved to the electorate why it should be re-elected into office for another four years”.
He pointed out further that even members of the All Progressice Congress have joined the hordes of other citizens to attest to the fact that the government in power have done nothing tangible to attract electoral sympathies from citizens.
“We have heard that people have started throwing stones at the state governor. This, he noted, is a sign of rejection and is an expression that the citizens are fed up with the administration in the state’.
Babangida Aliyu went down memory lane when he recalled an incident that happened on the day of the inauguration of his successor. “You all remember that i had in May 2015 advised that those who threw stones at me should reserve the stones for our successor in office. I heard that the governor was pelted with stones recently”.
The former governor also talked about what informed his administration to ban the activities of commercial motorcyclists in the state capital.
Reacting on the issue for the first time, Babangida Aliyu explained that the involvement of some commercial motorcyclists in armed robbery and other dangerous criminal activities necessitated the government’s action then.
The ban on the activities of commercial motorcyclists was believed to have affected the chances of Dr. Babangida Aliyu when he contested for the senatorial seat of Niger East.
But the former governor said he had no regrets taking such policy action during the last two years of his tenure in office.
“At that time, if you visit the hospitals, you will discover many accident victims who were casualties of some reckless commercial motorcyclists. Beside this, the spate of robberies involving men on motorcycles who escape on their motorcycles after the commission of a heinous crime were on the increase.
“No responsible government will allow such situation to continue and so we had to do something fast and necessary in the interest of the state and it’s citizens” he said.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu further explained that “despite the increased cases of such mishaps involving motorcycles and other sundry acts of criminalities, he replaced the commercial motorcycle operations with tricycles, (Keke Napep) and many of the Okada riders got the tricycles at that time”.
And while giving incite on his political ambition, the former governor said, “i am still consulting. By the end of June, after the Ramadan, i should be able to say categorically if i will contest for any position or not” he inforned.
The Coordinator of the, Inter Community Relations Committee, Chief Olusola Ajayi had earlier criticized the APC led administration in the state for it’s unfavourable policies against non indigenes in the state especially the reintroduction of discriminatory tuition fees in public schools for non indigenes
Ajayi recalled that,l “the previous administration treated everyone as one by granting equal opportunities to our children to acquire education. The last administration payed WAEC and NECO registration fees for final year students in all public schools irrespective of religious, tribal and political affiliations against what is obtainable today” he lamented.