From Jimoh Joseph, Ado Ekiti
The former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that Nigerians made a grievous mistake by electing President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential poll.
Lamido, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and presidential aspirant, said Nigeria has never witnessed hatred and bloodshed across ethnic and religious divides since independence as being witnessed under Buhari.
Lamido appealed to party leaders to form a strong alliance against the All Progressives Congress(APC) in 2019, saying : “We can defeat them easily if we all share the same thought and pains as Nigerians are feeling now”.
The former governor said this in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during a visit to Governor Ayodele Fayose to confer with him on his presidential aspiration.
Lamido lauded Fayose for his courage and criticism of the Buhari’s government, describing the governor’s bravery as an impetus to the country’s fledging democracy and tonic that has been spurring the opposition party ahead of the next year’s general election.
“You are a man of courage and a man of character who is able to stand up for the people in spite of intimidation. I respect you, I admire you and like you a lot.
“In PDP, we were in power for 16 years, somehow we lost out, we should ask the question, where was Nigeria before PDP? The vision of our founding fathers, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo , Aminu Kano , Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa had been that there should be a Nigeria populated by human beings first not tribes, regions or zones.
“We cannot forge ahead if we are governed by culture of hate. We are failing today because we have people who are alien to democracy on board . They are exploiting our differences, manipulate our emotions and divided us and gradually turned us into a country where we hate one another .
“Fulani, Tiv and Hausa are now killing each other, blood flowing all over Nigeria. God is angry with us in Nigeria. What do we do, the party in power has no political history, only came to divide us, impose culture of hate as intimidation blackmail is the order of the day
“If you say your mind, you would be mocked, democracy is freedom of exposure, his government is for few individuals without political history, our economy is bastardised”, he said.
Lampooning the Buhari’s government for failing Nigeria, Lamido added: “I have come to discuss with you about our party and look at Nigeria in 2019. APC is stealing under the cover of anti corruption fight. In Nigeria, the only hope in 2019 is PDP, because APC is a contraption”, he said.
Responding, Fayose described Lamido as eminently qualified to be president of Nigeria, saying he remains one of the few detrabilised Fulani leaders with capacity and exposure to deliver.
“ I am among those that would continue to celebrate your contributions to our country. I believe in Fulani people, every tribe has the good and the bad. You are one of the Fulani men that I know have the abilities to perform”.
Fayose advised Nigerians not to vote for any retired military man as president, saying the current experience was sufficiently a strong lesson that only a democrat can deliver.
“The military bastardised the system, they destroyed this country this is why Nigerians should stop voting military men, they are not politicians.
“We lived in this country and grew up to know that everyone from any tribe is our brother but when the government fails, the nation fails. APC have no capacity to lead our country.
“Some people say APC will rig election, but I tell them, God rules in the affairs of men. Power belongs only to God almighty.
“Whether you call it Presidential or Vice presidential aspiration, all I know that you will come to visit me in Aso Rock in 2019”, Fayose vowed.