21st October, 2010
The quest by former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, toÂ return to power suffered another setback yesterday when his cousin and formerÂ Commissioner for Health in Niger State, Alhaji Dattijo Aliyu dumped him.
Aliyu, a stalwart of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party in Niger State and member of theÂ IBB Support Group for the 2011 presidential race, defected to the Action Congress ofÂ Nigeria, ACN, yesterday along with the immediate past PDP National Vice Chairman,Â North Central, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji as well as Captain Isah Makwa, a formerÂ political adviser to Govenor Kure.
Aliyu, seen as the official spokesman of the IBB family, having announced the deathÂ of Maryam in December last year, accompanied Kure to open the Ibadan campaign officeÂ of IBB.
The secretary of ACN in Niger State, Alhaji Ahmad Ibrahim, explained that IBBâ€™sÂ henchmen left the support group due to the way the state Governor, Dr MuazuÂ Babangida Aliyu was handling the campaign of IBB.
â€œThey were not satisfied with the way Talba (the state governor) was handling IBBâ€™sÂ campaign. He wants to play game with the campaign,â€ he said.
IBB campaign office has described the development as a setback, saying they willÂ react fullyÂ at the appropriate time.