© 2018 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
Northern Youth Group Hails G7 Governors
By Nma Shekwolo
A regional youth group known as the Northern Youth Renaissance Forum has hailed the ‘rebel’ G7 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors for bracing up against the leadership style of the party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, urging them not to give up the fight.
The group praised the G7 governors for being able to stand up and challenge what it described as the imposition of candidates and abuse of the constitution while their colleagues indulged in bootlicking the powers that be for political and personal gains.
To further prove their support, posters were printed with the faces of all seven governors as well as encouraging words to spur them on and posted in strategic public places in Minna, the Niger State capital, including the road leading to Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu’s residence.
The governors are those of Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano, Niger, Kwara, Sokoto and River States.
The poster titled “Salute to the true pillar of democracy” also bore the face of one Muhammad Sani Garun Bature identified as the convener of the forum.
The text of the poster reads: “While some of your colleagues are busy hobnobbing with the powers that be for political and personal gains through imposition of candidates and jettisoning lay down party guide lines, procedures and constitution thereby causing divisions and national confusion, you stood firmly on the path of honour towards a true and transparent democratisation of party machineries and a level playing ground for all and sundry irrespective of ideologies”.
It said further: “You dared any personal or political consequences that may arise, knowing fully well that you shall be hunted upon by the so called Abuja power brokers ….You have shown to Nigerians that you are real men. Men who are men!!!! Therefore, we the entire Northern Youth Renaissance Forum are solidly behind you”.
When contacted on phone, the Chief Press Secretary to Niger State governor, Danladi Ndayebo, said that his principal has no knowledge of the poster.
“We don’t anything about any poster. We have nothing to do with its production and circulation,” he said