Abakaliki — Former Governor of Jigawa State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Sule Lamido, said he was not desperate in his ambition to rule the country, but added that he will make a difference when elected.
He noted that PDP lost in 2015 not that his party was not prepared or it has no good presidential candidate but they were blackmailed, dehumanised, harassed by champions of hate.
Lamido said President Muhammadu Buhari was no longer in charge as only the cabals are ruling the country.
He also said there was no leadership in Buhari's administration, adding that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lives and thrives in propaganda.
He spoke at Government House, Abakaliki when he led members of his
presidential campaign on a courtesy on Governor Dave Umahi to formally inform him of his interest to contest the 2019 presidential election.
He noted that the APC was not prepared for governance but dabbled into
governance through blackmail and propaganda.
"We lost the 2105 general election not because we were not prepared, not because we did not have good presidential candidate but simply because we were blackmailed, dehumanised, harassed by champions of hate. They live and thrive on blackmail, propaganda. We were traumatised by their activities in 2015. If you are a PDP member, you will be labelled an infidel and riffraff. "We lost election because of their blackmail and propaganda.
"The government we have in Nigeria is the government that has enthroned fear in the lives of Nigerians, they have divided the country, terrorising and intimidating people they are ruling. People are being killed on daily basis by herdsmen and the government is not doing the needful to stop the killings.
"Government should protect lives and properties of its citizenry but that is not what we are seeing in the APC government. They came unprepared and they have no leadership. What they have is cabals," he
He called for unity in the PDP to wrestle power from the ruling APC.
Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David 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 ahead of the party's presidential primaries.
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 stakeholders of the zone must agree on what the government at the zone has 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 and ensure the success of the party both in the state and at the national.