Former governor of Niger state, Aliyu Mu’azu Babangida, has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
He said the APC has failed Nigerians and cannot be allowed to continue taking the people for a ride.
Babangida disclosed this when he received members of the state’s Inter Community Relations Committee (ICRC) led by Chief Olusola Ajayi.
According to him, the APC government at state and federal levels had prepared a good ground for the opposition to retake power in all three tiers of government in next year’s elections.
He 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 excruciating pains and economic hardship Nigerians are going through.
“Nigerians had already seen through the APC Federal Government. They cannot take Nigerians for a ride any more. Also in Niger state, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has not proved to the electorates why he should be re-elected.”
Speaking on calls for him to contest either the presidential or senatorial election, Aliyu said he was still consulting and would make his position known soon.
“I am still consulting. By the end of June, after the Ramadan, I should be able to tell you categorically if I will contest for any position or not,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the coordinator of the Inter Community Relations Committee, Ajayi, faulted the APC administration in Niger state over what he termed unfavourable policies against non-indigenes in the state, especially through the introduction of discriminatory payable fees in public schools.