From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The former governor of Jigawa state and a presidential aspirant Alhaji Sule Lamido has given assurance of the party victory 2019 while he added that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP will not change its name to satisfy those that want to defect to the party.
Lamido made these known yesterday in Minna at the party Secretariat while addressing proposed delegates to next month’s national convention of the party said anyone not satisfied with the present name could leave the party.
He revealed that several members and parties in the coalition that recently teamed up with the PDP to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC had demanded for a change of name and logo of the party.
“The PDP remains the only party with well-defined ideology, between 1999 and now all the other political parties have changed their names in the quest to wrest power from the PDP” he said, adding that only the PDP had retained its name.
The presidential aspirant explained that mergers of all the parties and use of propaganda were the instruments the alliance used to unseat the PDP in 2015.
Lamido said that the APC government had failed the country just as the destruction caused the country by the party would not be corrected in 10 years.
He said Nigerians could no longer travel on the Abuja – Kaduna expressway as a result of threat to lives and property posed by kidnappers and armed robbers. He said also that security situation across the country has also degenerated.
The former governor of Jigawa state claimed that the APC government had not been able to restore peace to Benue, Zamfara and Borno States saying that “Boko haram is still on the rampage in the country” he stated
While speaking on the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio went to the APC for “protection” saying that the APC government showed “ Senator Akpabio some files and he became afraid “
“It is a disgrace for the APC government to give former governor Akpabio the type of reception he was given” saying that “it shows that the government is not serious about fighting corruption”.
Also speaking with journalists, Lamido hinted that the PDP did not lose the bye elections conducted in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states last week saying “it is Nigeria that lost because of the impunity, injustice and corruption that pervaded the election”.
Asked what would happen if he lost the ticket to be the standard bearer of the PDP, Lamido said “we will accept if the process is seen to be fair and transparent.”