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Niger PDP removes ex-gov Aliyu as party leader, picks senator

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THE Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Tuesday, named Senator Zainab Kure as replacement for former Governor, Babangida Aliyu, as party leader.

This was contained in a statement signed by the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Suleiman Aliyu, and made available to The PUNCH, in Minna, on Tuesday.

The state PDP secretary said Kure was unanimously endorsed to replace Aliyu whom the party said has automatically returned to his position as party member.

The State Auditor, Mamman Suleja, who moved the motion on behalf of the state executive committee after a stakeholders meeting said, “In appreciation of the contributions of Senator Zaynab Kure to the development of the PDP in Niger state, I move that Senator Zaynab Kure is endorsed as the leader of the PDP in Niger State.”

The party Chairman, Tanko Beji put the motion to a vote with all stakeholders accepting the motion as moved.

In her acceptance speech, Kure called on all party members to double their efforts in ensuring that the party wins the next election and salvage the state.

Calls made to Aliyu’s phone were not picked or returned.

Kure had in September replaced Aliyu on the PDP Board of Trustees, representing the North-Central geo-political zone.

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