FORMER Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has denied speculations over alleged plans to organise a political meeting aimed at setting the template for the 2019 presidential election. Aliyu maintained that his son, Mal. Ibrahim Babangida Aliyu’s wedding in Kano on Saturday, September 24 will be attended by distinguished Nigerians like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, emirs and many other politicians. The former governor who made the clarification in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, said politicians must avoid acts that are capable of distracting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. He added that Mr. President must be given needed support to succeed especially now that the country is in recession. “The attention of the former governor of Niger State has been directed to a rumour alleging that he is convening a political meeting in Kano ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Let me clarify that he is only planning the wedding ceremony of his son scheduled to hold on Saturday. He has only extended invitations to friends and associates, as it is customary in any civil society. There is no political coloration as it is being insinuated.” “Those behind the rumor do not have the interest of the country at heart. It is indeed unfair to wrap around false claim on a harmless social event. The rumor is tantamount to distracting governance at the center. Mr. President needs to be encouraged and not distracted. He has managed the insurgency scourge, whittled corruption and with our collective support, he will dissipate recession,” he said. He urged Nigerians to imbibe the new mantra “change begins with me” towards engaging attributes of good citizenry. He said the task of building Nigeria should involve every patriotic Nigerian adding that people must eschew political, ethnic or religious differences to pull the nation out of its present economic mire.