While the ongoing administration still struggles to put the Nigeria in order, some candidates for the next election are already getting ready to take over the presidency. On Monday 25th April, Former Governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, revealed his intention to contest as president on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) come 2019 elections. According to what Mr. Lamido told newsmen in his village, Bamaina in Birnin-kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa, he is aware that a party does not give its ticket to anybody on the platter of gold and is ready to earn it.
“If my party finds me worthy of the party’s presidential ticket to serve Nigeria, I will thank God and oblige,” Mr. Lamido said. “Although there are issues in the party that we are all working to resolve, we hope to have success soon and come out united.
“As I’m talking to you now, we are working silently to resolve our differences and bring back to our fold those that left the party for APC.”
Sule Lamido was born in 1948 and by 2019 he would be 71-years old – an age already void of youthfulness, agility and creativity. Mr Sule served as Foreign minister of Nigeria from 1999 to 2003 and was governor of Jigawa State between April 2007 to May 2015. The former governor re-contested in the 2015 election, but was defeated and blames that failure to the internal crisis in PDP at the time.
In 2015, the PDP member and his sons were put on trial for embezzling state fund by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. They are currently being prosecuted by the EFCC, however, Sule believes that Nigerians would not mind voting him in if his party grants his a ticket to run for presidency in 2019.