By Austin Edoho
At a time when discerning Nigerians are still contemplating on how to score President Buhari’s two years in office, some top range politicians, including former Vice President Abubakar Atiku are anticipated to launch their campaigns for the 2019 presidential election soon.
One of such candidates is Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa state, who has already gone to the political market with his ambition to be Nigeria’s next president after Mohammadu Buhari.
Sule Lamido, recently released from prison on bail over allegation of incitement preferred against him by the state government, has set in motion his race to become Nigeria’s president, as he unveiled his presidential bid on Monday, at a dinner for the 36 state chairmen of the Peoples Democractic Party, PDP, in Abuja.
Confirming the development to Daily Sun, one of his close confidants disclosed that the former governor told the gathering that Nigeria, as a country, has done him a lot of good and the only way he could pay back is to offer himself to serve the country come 2019.
Lamido was quoted to have said: “For now, what we are doing is internal; that is why I believe I have to start from home. I am aware a lot of people are likely to indicate interest in running on the platform of our great party. Please, we must make sure we go for the best.
“After series of consultations across the length and breadth of Nigeria, when the time comes, I will be offering myself for the presidency. I may not be the only aspirant, but please, when the time comes, only the best should be allowed to emerge on the platform of our great party, the PDP.”
BrandiQ recalls that, Lamido had early this year declared his intention to vie for the presidency claiming that it is only God that can constrain him from pursuing that cause. According to him, “Those in power today must know the same God that made Balewa, Ironsi, Gowon, Murtala, Shagari, Buhari, Babangida and Jonathan presidents can do the same for me if He so wishes.
“All the coercion and intimidation were because of my aspiration, and I must tell them that no matter what, if Allah has destined that I will be president, they cannot stop me because that will amount to fighting the will of God.
“Leaders should beware of the consequences that follow tyranny, impunity and abuse of human dignity,” the ex-governor had said.