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I Will Run For Presidency Under PDP In 2019 – Lamido

Posted: Apr 26, 2016 at 5:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Rotimi Akinwumi



Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Monday said he would contest for Presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019.

Lamido made this declaration in his village, Bamaina, in Birnin-Kudu Local Government Area of the state.

He, however, said a party’s ticket was not given to anybody on the platter of gold, adding that a candidate must earn it.

“If my party finds me worthy of the party’s presidential ticket to serve Nigeria, I will thank God and oblige.

Lamido looks at taking a plunge at the presidential race again in 2019 after a truncated ambition towards the last election in 2015.

He was known to be nursing the ambition to rule Nigeria after his two terms as Jigawa governor ending in May 2015, but the desire of powerful PDP leaders to have former President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s candidate forced him out of the race.

Lamido and Rotimi Amaechi, then a PDP governor of Rivers State, were known to be working on a joint platform for president and vice president respectively.

The failed Lamido/Amaechi 2015 project had rumbled the then ruling party, having enjoyed massive support from colleagues in the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Lamido has a long history of political relationship with Obasanjo but Amaechi was rather a foe in the former president’s books. It however took Lamido’s presidential ambition to reconcile Amaechi with Obasanjo, a deal then brokered with the support of Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, also on the PDP ticket.

The collapse of the Lamido/Amaechi presidential project led to massive confrontation from some PDP governors with former President Jonathan whom they accused of reneging on his earlier promise to the party leaders during the run-up to the 2011 presidential race not to seek re-election in 2015.

The fight to resist Jonathan being foisted on the party came from different fronts, with Lamido, Amaechi and five other governors insisting that they would rather dump the PDP than have the former president as their candidate. Five governors including Amaechi later teamed up with other PDP leaders who were opposed to Jonathan being the party’s candidate in 2015 to form the group called the New PDP, which vehicle they eventually rode in to joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lamido however stayed back, together with former governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, claiming that their grievances were not to dump PDP for another party but do all they felt they could to address the internal problems of leadership troubling the PDP.

Even as Lamido is gearing up for another shot at the Presidency in 2019, he has acknowledged that there are still problems with the party.

“Although there are issues in the party that we are all working to resolve, we hope to have success soon and come out united.

“As I’m talking to you now, we are working silently to resolve our differences and bring back to our fold those that left the party for APC”, he said.

The former governor held that the internal crisis in PDP was the reason for its defeat in 2015 general elections.

He said that the party had the capacity to rule the country again but the members must work hard to achieve that.

He stated that both of them had mutual respect for each other and he had no differences with him other than political ideologies.

However, Lamido’s decision to contest the 2019 presidential election in PDP has been described as a welcome development.

An APC chieftain, Osita Okechukwu, while commenting on Lamido’s declarations, however, said the former governor would have a lot to tell Nigerians on his party’s performance in office which is pushing his ambition.

According to Okechukwu  the former governor has to tell Nigerians what his party, PDP could not do while in office for 16 years that he is coming back to correct.

Reacting to the declaration yesterday at the APC National Secretariat Abuja, Okechukwu admitted that Lamido has a constitutional right to run for the office but he must save Nigerians all form of sentiments.

The APC chieftain, however, agreed that it was not too early for anyone to start planning for the 2019 general elections.