Sule Lamido, a presidential aspirant of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari could not have won the 2015 presidential election if Atiku Abubakar, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, Bukola Saraki and others did not defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking Friday on the BBC Hausa Service monitored by DAILY NIGERIAN in Kano, Mr Lamido said he was not scared of Mr Buhari’s re-election bid.
According to him, Mr Buhari swiftly declared intention to re-contest after being rattled by the massive crowd that graced the PDP’s rally in his home state, Katsina.
He said although Mr Buhari is popular, but he did not win elections in three attempts until when someone PDP bigwigs joined his party in 2015.
“I am not scared of Buhari’s declaration to re-contest. Rather, he made the quick announcement because he was scared by the huge crowed at our rally in his home state, Katsina. We also pulled crowed in Sokoto, Kaduna and Kebbi States, that is why Buhari is scared.
“Buhari is popular, no doubt about that, but did he win elections when he contested three times? He did not win until our sons, like Atiku, Saraki, Kwankwaso, Nyako, Goje, Adamu Abdullahi, defected from PDP to APC.
“So, that means Buhari is our grandson son. He is free to seek re-election like any other Nigerian, as guaranteed by the constitution, but we will defeat him come 2019,” he added.
Asked about aged politicians who become a source of concern to the youth, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “Go and tell Buhari first. He is older than me. Youth are not blocked from aspiring political offices. They have the right, but go and talk to Buhari about it first.”