A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has responded to an appeal made by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar to step down for him in the 2019 presidential race under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that, at a meeting with PDP leaders in Dutse, Jigawa State on Monday, Mr Abubakar had asked the former Jigawa governor to step down for him considering that he is his elder brother and the similarity of their political ideology.
However, in a statement on Tuesday by Mr Lamido’s media aide, Adamu Usman, said: “While it is true he (Mr Abubakar) is older than me age-wise, I’m senior to him politically because I was in the House of Representatives in 1979 when he was an employee of Nigeria Customs Services.
“And if age is the criterion for standing election then he should drop out for Buhari.”
The statement added that Mr Lamido had been “patient, loyal, committed and consistent” party member.
“Even if Lamido did not show interest to contest, PDP should have called him to be the flag bearer and if there is anyone the other aspirants should step down for, it should be Sule Lamido because he has the goodwill, political experience and capacity to confront the ruling party, APC.
“Also if Lamido is to step down, why would he aspire in the first place? Sule Lamido is out to run for the president come 2019 God willing,” Mr Usman noted.