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Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2018

Sule Lamido replies Atiku on pleas to step down

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The PDP Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar was yesterday reported to have asked the former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido to step down for him in the presidential primary.
The former Vice President made this appeal in the PDP secretariat in Dutse, Jigawa State during his visit to the state as part of his tour to rally for support ahead of party’s presidential primaries.
Atiku referring Lamido as his younger brother, related the incident with what happened in 1993 election under the Social Democratic Party in Katsina state when Umaru Musa Yar’Adua stepped down for his elder brother, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.
However, in a response to Atiku’s statement through his media aide, Adamu Muhd Usman Lamido says “While it is true he 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 Nigerian Customs Services. And if age is the criterion for standing election than he should drop out for Buhari”.
“Despite all odds, Lamido has been patient, loyal, committed and consistent. Even if Lamido did not shows interest to contest, PDP should have called Lamido 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 good and political will, experienced 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”, Adamu stated.

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