Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and Niger state governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has said that the seat of power at the centre is not vacant for any member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to aspire for in 2015.
Aliyu made the categorical statement in Minna yesterday when some youth under the aegis of Babangida Aliyu Youth for Peace Initiative called on him at Government House where they asked him to contest the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the PDP.
The youths led by Comrade Inienimi Ballantyne Agiri had declared that “now that by tenure and sheer leadership for development capacity you are most qualified for National Service we feel duty bound to also make a clarion call on your humble and hard working self to respond to the earnest yearning of the patriotic youth of Nigeria for a focus service to the entire citizens of this country by accepting to present yourself as an aspirant for the 2015 presidential election”.
Aliyu stated that “let me respond to the question by big people with big question’ and went on to thank the youth for considering him fit for the topmost job In the country, adding that “as a loyal party man we will watch as things unfold in the PDP”.
He however noted that for the PDP “we have an incumbent in place usually the incumbent no matter the performance you will not want to remove him” adding that “I believe the PDP will want to offer him that position”.
“For 2015 there is no vacancy in Aso Rock” he said emphatically.
He however added that everyone in the PDP will wait until the President declares to run for a second term before any scrambling can begin for the position if he acts in the negative.
Governor Aliyu said he had never shown any inordinate ambition for any political office since he joined politics adding that providence had always had a hand in whatever he becomes.
He challenged the youths to join in the vanguard of campaigning for the PDP in all parts of the country because the PDP means well for all Nigerians and Nigeria.
Comrade Agiri had earlier told the Governor that the Babangida Aliyu Youth for Peace Initiative is on a mission for serving “our nation through sensitizing and mobilizing our fellow youth who form the
majority segment of Nigeria’s population on whose fragile shoulders rests the responsibility for sustaining this great nation’s future prospects and progress”.