- Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state, has said that he will contest for presidency in 2019
- He noted that if the PDP finds him worthy of the party’s presidential ticket to serve Nigeria, he will oblige
- Lamido stressed that the PDP had the capacity to rule Nigeria again but the members must work hard to achieve that goal
Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state, has said that he will contest for presidency on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019.
Vanguard reports that Lamido announced this while briefing journalists in his village Bamaina in Birnin-Kudu local government area of the state.
However, he noted that the presidential ticket was not given to anybody on the platter of gold, stressing 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.
“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.
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Speaking about the internal crisis in the PDP, the ex-governor explained that the reason for it was the party’s defeat in 2015 general elections.
According to Lamido, the PDP has the capacity to rule Nigeria again but the members must work hard to achieve that goal.
The former governor took the opportunity to dismiss rumours that there is a rift between him and his successor, Muhammad Badaru of the APC.
Lamido stressed that they respect each other and he had no differences with Badaru other than political ideologies.
Meanwhile, the PDP board of trustee (BoT) has advised the party to seeks its presidential candidate from the northern part of the country.
Walid Jubrin, the acting BoT chairman, warned of the dangers of not adhering to the recommendations aimed at compensating the north “for the obvious violation of the zoning arrangement in the 2011 election.”
However, the zoning formula policy took a new dimension on April 21, when the Southwest leaders at a meeting in Lagos rejected the move to zone both the presidential and party chairmanship to the north.