From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The North-East Youth Forum, has endorsed Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state to run for the presidential slot ahead of the 2015 elections based on his credibility and potentials, just as the forum also tackled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for initiating a one party system in the country.
President of the forum, Mohammed Kabir Nuru Lemi made the observation in a chat with newsmen in Bauchi weekend, stressing that there is strong indications the PDP have cautioned intending presidential aspirants within the party to stay clear to pave way for Jonathan ahead of 2015 elections.
“We note with consternation that no single aspirant within the PDP has so far indicated interest to contest the presidential slot with Jonathan ahead of the 2015 elections and this development is a signal to institute one party system in the country against the yearning and aspirations of people and we urge Lamido not to relent in his presidential ambition” said Lemi.
The forum alleged connivance with INEC when the party is said to have cleared the way for Jonathan’s
continuity thereby robbing Nigerians the opportunity to contest against the president.
Lemi added that if the political calculations of the PDP to ensure one party system are eventually allowed to stand the test of time, it would not only diminish the significance of good governance and democracy, but would spell doom on the good intentions Lamido has for Nigerians.
“I am assuring you that Lamido has the capacity and talent to rescue Nigerians from the current shackles of poverty, unemployment, security challenges attributed to youths restiveness which are responsible for the failures of our leaders” Lemi added.
The forum urged political stakeholders and indeed the PDP family to emulate Lamido’s giant strides as seen in his transforming Jigawa state andt to ensure solid embodiment of democratic tenets through professionalized governance.
According to the forum, Lamido’s political commitment is an off-shoot of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) and in conformity with late Gambo Sawaba’s declaration that leaders are servants not the boss explaining that Nigerians should have confidence in Lamido.
The forum stressed that their quest to canvasses support for Lamido’s presidential slot followed the understanding that the governor is committed to the national interest and is determined to eschew ethnic, religious and political differences.
The forum therefore cautioned Nigerians on voting wisely and not to allow themselves to be misguided by charlatans and sycophants who may end up plundering the corporate existence of Nigeria.