A former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of accommodating all manners of Nigerians with shady characters, including big thieves.
“Today, no matter how big you are as a thief, if you go to APC, they would accept you, look at those going to APC in the last two to three weeks, these are people who are literally on trial by the EFCC.”
Lamido, who spoke in his Bamaina hometown in Jigawa state, said that because the PDP cannot stand up for those thieves “they are going there or maybe APC has no qualms about fraud by accepting them with the intention of cleaning them.”
He admitted that the leaders of the PDP, including himself, should be blamed for the party’s electoral losses to the APC in the 2015 polls, adding that the PDP is beyond any personality.
Lamido, who is one of the PDP founding fathers, argued that there was no way Muhammadu Buhari could have been given an opportunity to contest for presidency at the outset of the present dispensation in 1998/99. He claimed that the President was able to come to power in 2015 because of the efforts of the PDP in reconciling and stabilizing the country.
“It is not about one’s own personality or one’s ego, but it is about this party called PDP which carries the Nigerian hope which was able to get Nigerians stabilized in spite of the vilification and propaganda and prepared the ground fully for Buhari to come in and become a president because if there is any great beneficiary of PDP in Nigeria, it is Buhari.”
The former Jigawa governor said: “between 1998 and 1999, there was no way Buhari could have gotten the opportunity to contest; he can’t contest. I don’t mean to insult him, but it is simply a historical fact that all those that are now calling the shots are all, thanks to PDP because the country has been stabilized and reconciled.
“So, anybody in the Villa or Government Houses or wherever they are, who are now enjoying this APC thing are simply because PDP was able to restore the country and made it possible for them.”
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC, Prince Paul Ikonne, has made it clear to the new entrants that the party is not for sale, calling on them to get themselves abreast of the fact.
Prince Paul Ikonne, who was a governorship candidate of defunct ACN in 2011 and a Chieftain of APC in Abia state, also warned those he allegedly said to have been using Abia APC to defraud people to desist from it.
In a statement, Ikonne called on Nigerians and lovers of APC to disregard a statement credited to Chief Orji Kalu that he had begged him secretly.
“We shouldn’t have responded to this cheap blackmail, but for the avoidance of doubt and to put the records straight, what Prince Ikonne Stands for is integrity and dignity and as such still maintains that Orji Kalu’s entrance into APC is nothing to celebrate, and people should stop leaving in past glory.
“We use this medium to warn those who have been using Abia APC to defraud people to desist from it. These same people are those who embezzled the money meant for the presidential election in Abia State and collected money from the people in Ukwa (the oil producing area) in the name of securing NDDC appointments for them, which is being spare-headed by Ben Godson.
“Paul Ikonne therefore warns that the All Progressive Congress is not for sale or a platform to defraud people and those involved should desist from it.”
He assured that the entire South-east will vote for President Mohammadu Buhari in 2019 election, “and therefore call on all Nigerians to support the president in his fight against corruption and his quest to fix Nigeria.” [myad]