2019: "I Owe Everything I Have To PDP" - Lamido
Sule Lamido says he loves Peoples Democratic Party and is determined to remain a member of the party regardless of the outcome of the 2019 presidential polls.
He says he owes everything he has to the PDP.
He spoke at the government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Monday when he led members of his presidential campaign team on a courtesy visit to Governor Dave Umahi.
The former governor said he would accept the PDP’s decision on its torchbearer for the 2019 presidential election.
He, however, said he is not desperate in his ambition to rule the country, but added that he will make a significant difference if elected.
"The party discovered me from my obscure village in Jigawa, made me its state chairman and after I lost initial bids to become the state governor, made me Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister during a period of its pariah status.
"The party further made me the state governor and I want to presently pay it and the country back with selfless service that would unite, reconcile and prosper the citizens.
“I will administer a new direction for Nigeria if nominated because I aspire to unite Nigerians and make the country prosperous and secure,” he said.
“I believe that I am qualified to win the party’s nomination because I am a party man by history and character with the party giving me everything I am in life.
He called for unity in the PDP to wrestle power from the ruling APC.
Responding, Umahi said the time of imposition in the PDP was gone and reiterated the commitment of the South-East zone to take a definite position in voting for any presidential aspirant.
He noted that for PDP to get it right in 2019, the party must jettison imposition of candidate and go for the best, adding that the governors and other leaders of the zone must agree on what is best for the people.
The governor reaffirmed that the state is solely a PDP state, promising that come 2019, the state would deliver one million votes to the party.
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