Babangida Aliyu Some politicians left PDP to fill their stomach - ex-gov

Aliyu said the opposition party was not intimidated by the status of the APC, adding that “anything that happens to you is from God.”

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Ex-governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, has said some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, who defected to other parties did so for their stomachs.

“Oftentimes, people are following their stomach too. Don’t be surprised, between now and 2019, a lot of people will cross over to the PDP,” he said.

In a report by Punch, Aliyu said politicians defect to other political parties for different and sundry reasons that include personal gains and pressure from loyalists.

The ex-governor stated, “In politics, there are people who join and stick to principles; there are those who join for food; there are those who join so that they may be pushed for other reasons to be elsewhere.

“So, movement may not be for only one reason, sometimes it might be pressure from one’s community.

“Just recently, Andy Uba and Osita Chidoka, strong members of the PDP, crossed over to the All Progressives Congress and the United Progressives Party, respectively."

The former governor also stressed that the PDP was not intimidated by the status of the APC, adding that “anything that happens to you is from God.”

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He said, “I believe in destiny and I believe nothing happens without God’s knowledge. Intimidation is not part of my understanding of human character. I see intimidation as when one is scared or frightened or that which will make sure you do nothing personally.

“I am not in any way intimidated. I also believe that certain things happen to you to bring you back to your senses or to enlighten you on certain things.”

Aliyu reportedly used the opportunity to call on the PDP to put its house in order ahead of the 2019 polls.

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