The Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party that has no real attributes of democratic ideology that would propel the nation to the Promised Land.
The governor who stated this at the weekend, while receiving the members of Nigerian Guild of Editors that paid him a courtesy visit, said the APC as a political party had no particular history.
Lamido said Nigerians cannot take the risk of handing power to a group of aggrieved politicians that have left their former political parties simply because they were denied tickets to contest for leadership positions.
Stating that the APC without Buhari would not last for three months, he said most of those making noise in the APC today could not dare do such in 1998 for fear of incarceration.
“We stood against Abacha and formed the PDP, which restored hope and value to the Nigerian citizens.
“Masari, Ribadu and the rest were also the invention of the PDP that made them to recover their lost voices of today,” he stated.
Lamido said, “even though the PDP’s choice of zoning of the presidency is wrong, we applied democracy according to the need of the country, it is supposed to address our own peculiar needs”, he said.
“In 1998 we zoned the presidency to the South-west because we wanted a Yoruba to be Nigeria’s president and we chose Obasanjo, even though his people did not like him but we did so for his passion for this country, which made other political parties begin to copy us”, he said.
“The choice of Obasanjo though he was in prison, became necessary in order to appease the Yorubas who were angry over the annulment of Chief Abiola’s election by Babangida, and at that time the people from the North were viewed with contempt and disdain because of the past military leadership”.
Lamido explained further that, “the PDP of today can thrive without any personality within the party, which he said is not the same in other political parties that were anchored around somebody’s fame or popularity,” stressing that, “Nigeria as the largest nation of blacks people cannot be governed by fame”.
He then charged the members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors to begin to raise questions on issues and not to subject themselves to mare whipping boys of politicians.