Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu on Saturday disclosed that over 400 northerners have betrayed the region after collecting money from some mercenaries to ensure President Goodluck Jonathn emerges for a second term adding that, the list of the traitors will soon be published for the people?s perusal.

Governor Aliyu, who made this disclosure while making tribute to the late Emir of Minna Alhaji Ahmadu Bahago at the 25th anniversary of the Emir of Minna His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Faruk Bahagoa, said the north is not afraid of the 2015 general elections.

According to Aliyu: ?We hear rumors of some people who say they have the lists of 400 northerners that they are going to settle, and they are sure if they settle the 400 everything will be okay. We are looking for that list so that we will tell the people that these are the people that want to betray you. This sense of betrayal on the northerners has festered into a groundswell of mistrust.

?I must advise all of us to be conversant with the happenings in our country, we must be cautious that through the ballot papers we can always determine who becomes our leader in Nigeria, by God?s grace plenty good things will happen in 2015. Whoever God brings we will follow. Do not be afraid, let there be 200 candidates, God will allow only one candidate emerge.”

Aliyu, while condemning the outcome of the Anambra gubernatorial election, said all hands must be on ground saying that ?with what happened in Anambra State, we don?t pray it repeats itself in 2015 general election because that could cause a problem for all of us as a nation. We must all put our hands on deck to ensure that INEC, Electoral Laws and the people understand their rights.?

He added: ?INEC and others must understand that elections are not about money. If politics is about numbers, then the northern states should not complain, because whatever touches one, touches all us.

?We must therefore, not be afraid of 2015; Allah shall do well for Nigeria. However, our major concern should be focused on our electoral laws and the performance of the Independent Electoral Commissioner (INEC) especially with what happened in Anambra State.?

In his speech, Chairman of the occasion and former Military President General Ibrahim Babangida said Nigeria needs peace and security to develop, adding: ?We must all join hands to together to make this happen because Nigeria belongs to all of us.?

Among dignitaries that graced the silver jubilee included former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and Ambassador Hassan Adamu, who represented Vice President Namadi Sambo.


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