Published on Oct 23, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
Former two-term Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido has written to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), signifying his intention to run for the office of President in the 2019 Presidential election.
This was even as he said: “the PDP will, and must lead the nation back into a bright, progressive, and innovative future.”
He wants PDP to take over power in 2019 to reposition the country and bring it back to its path of recovery.
Sule Lamido, in the letter of intent to the PDP leadership, lamented that the nation has departed from the dreams of its founding fathers.
“Today, 57 years after the independence of our dear country, can we in all sincerity claim to have achieved the dream of our founding fathers? Where did we fail and from where did we begin to fail? Nigeria with its natural endowment and human capacity cannot be forgiven for being otherwise. We cannot even demonstrate our ability and capacity to meet domestic, regional and global challenges which currently seems to overwhelm us.
“The PDP will and must lead the nation back into a bright, progressive, and innovative future.”
Sule Lamido said that the PDP must rekindle in Nigeria a new hope, a nation of united people with a common and assured destiny.
“To the world, Nigeria must demonstrate our confidence, tenacity in our ability and capability to address our domestic regional and global challenges that confront us.
“It is against this background that I offer myself to vie for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019 if my party finds me worthy to fly its flag.”
The Presidential hopeful said that the PDP has enough talents to salvage the nations from its current woes, adding: “I am no means claiming to be the only capable material; any PDP member given the trust and support can fly our flag, and I expect that many more aspirants will express the desire to run. My hope and prayer is that at the end of all the process which I hope will be open, fair transparent and credible, is to give Nigeria in 2019, a candidate who will lead the party and Nigeria.
“This is because there is no alternative to PDP in 2019, it will be a defining moment in the Nigerian political evolution.”
Lamido said while the clamour for restructuring rages, the most important aspects of addressing the Nigerian economy by creating prosperity will make the debate less emotional and sentimental.
He said: “Our imperfect union as a federation should not be an excuse for our legendary failure which appears to have found vent in the call for restructuring, a union of multi-ethnic multi-lingual and multi-religious can certainly task the best of human capacities, but that is precisely the challenge and how to work on it and build a nation of people of a common destiny, and this is where the PDP must raise to the challenge.
“The starting point is where the PDP began in 1998 and critical to it is creating an open environment in which every Nigerian must not only been seen to be, but must be an equal stakeholder and therefore restoring trust and faith in our shared union and this PDP was able to achieve in its first four years.”
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State was the first to declare his interest in the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
But the party has repeatedly said the ticket has been zoned to the North. Fayose is from the South of the country
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