The North Central Zonal Caretaker Committee, overseeing the activities of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State, has dismissed reports that a former governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu, was suspended.
Naija News recalls that the PDP in the Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State had suspended the former Governor from the party.
According to a communique issued at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting in Minna on Monday, the decision to suspend the former governor was as a result of six weighty allegations which the party in his LGA reportedly found disturbing and considered to be inimical to the progress of the party.
The party accused Babangida of working for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015 to oust former President Goodluck Jonathan.
But the caretaker panel in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Suleiman Mohammed, late Monday night, described the ex-governor’s suspension as fake news.
The statement read, “It has come to our notice, the fake news making the rounds on social media that former Niger State Governor and member of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu (CON) has been suspended by the Party.
“While we feel it is worthless joining issues with social media fake news peddlers, we deem it necessary to put the records straight so as not to confuse our teeming and loyal Party faithful in Niger State and elsewhere.
“Truth is that Dr. Babangida Aliyu, a former governor, who is a a serving PDP BoT and National Executive Council member is not and cannot be suspended by his local government chapter of the Party.
“Those parading the fake news are enemies of the PDP, bent on fanning the flames of disunity in our great party.
“We appeal to our party members and the general public to discard same as fake news and handiwork of mischief makers.
“We equally appeal to our Party leaders and stakeholders in Niger State to close ranks and work together to bring back the peace that has eluded us and denied us victories in the state.”