Former governor of Jigawa State 'Sule Lamido' kicks off race to become president in 2019


Former governor of Jigawa State, 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 in 2019.
With two years to the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, the immediate past governor formally unveiled his presidential bid on Monday, at a dinner for the 36 state chairmen of the Peoples Democractic Party, PDP, in Abuja.
Lamido was said to have unveiled his plans to the 36 state chairmen and all the six national zonal vice chairmen, at the dinner staged at a highbrow facility in Maitama district of 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.”
Recall that Lamido had, in January declared that no amount of oppression and intimidation can stop him if God wishes for him to be president come 2019.
“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.

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