Obasanjo not my sponsor, I won’t leave PDP says Sule Lamido

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In a bid to ensure no one sees him as a political son, Alhaji Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP, has dismissed suggestions that he was being sponsored by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Lamido debunked the rumour while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lamido was in Jos to solicit votes from the party’s delegates in Plateau, ahead of the PDP National Convention slated to hold in October.
“I have no political godfather; the presidency is for matured minds and I am one.
“I hear people say Obasanjo is the one sponsoring my presidential ambition. That is not true.
“I was in PDP before Obasanjo became president, but I respect him as my leader and elder statesman. I also respect every aspirant contesting on the PDP platform.”
He said that his goal was to salvage Nigeria from poverty, underdevelopment and economic stagnation, adding that he was not desperate for the party’s ticket.
“I am not desperate for the ticket. The Presidency is not just about me because all the aspirants in our party are working for a common goal.
“If I am not made candidate of our great party, I will support whoever emerges as our flag bearer,” he said.
The aspirant promised to tackle the incessant herder/farmer clashes and other security challenges in the country if he was elected president in 2019.
Earlier, Chief Damishi Sango, PDP chairman in the state, had said that the party would conduct transparent primaries that would be acceptable by all aspirants.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will not leave the party even if he loses primaries for the presidential race.
Lamido said this in an interview with newsmen at the residence of Gen. Jeremiah Useni, during a solidarity visit in Jos on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lamido had earlier paid a visit to the Plateau PDP secretariat where he declared his intention to run for presidency in 2019.
“All of us vying for Presidency in PDP are equal and are capable of ruling Nigeria as President.
“2019 Presidency is not just about me, we are all working for a just and a common goal to salvage the country. So if I’m not made candidate of our great party, I will support whoever emerges as flag bearer for PDP.”
The Presidential aspirant assured that the party would reclaim its mandate.
Lamido debunked rumours making rounds that he was being sponsored for the Presidential race by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said that he did not have any godfather in politics and was on his own and was vying for the number one seat in the country.
“I was in PDP before former President Olusegun Obasanjo became president, I do not have a godfather, but I respect everyone in our party; we have the same aspiration as PDP members,” he said.
The presidential aspirant said if voted into power, his administration would tackle security issues head on and try to find a lasting solution to the herders/farmers clashes being experienced in some parts of the country.
Earlier, the party’s state Chairman, Mr Damishi Sango, promised the aspirant of the state party’s support while urging him to strive towards making a difference if he emerged as the party’s candidate.

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