A People’s Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido, has stated that Nigerians, under President Muhammadu Buhari, have been starved to the extent that they cannot protest hike in the prices of essential commodities in the country
Lamido stated this on Wednesday in Bauchi while addressing delegates and supporters of the party in Bauchi State.
He said he was in Bauchi to seek the support of the PDP delegates to elect him as the party’s presidential candidate “to enable him to defeat Buhari in 2019 and restore the values of democracy which the President has destroyed.”
He described the officials of the All Progressives Congress in the Federal Government as thieves who he said had deceived and disunited Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines.
Lamido, the immediate past governor of Jigawa State, accused the present administration for being selective in its fight against corruption, saying “if you are in the PDP they will say you are a thief , if you are in the APC you are a saint. What kind of justice is this?”
He added, “Governor Samuel Ortom has spent three years governing Benue State , immediately he dumped the APC, the EFCC began investigating his administration. We are aware that the APC is shielding corrupt personalities that are supporting the party and if you are in the APC all your corruption are forgiven, but if you are in the PDP you are a thief.
‘We are in democracy you threatened people that you will jail so and so persons, a leader doesn’t threaten his subjects, he treats them with justice ,compassion and mercy not jail threat. Intimidation can’t change the destiny of whoever God has prepared to become the next president come 2019. I believe in the entrenchment of democracy in the country.”
The presidential aspirant, who traced the history of politics in Nigeria from the first republic down to the present third republic, accused the APC government of bringing untold hardship on Nigerians by introducing anti-people policies “contrary to the fake pledges they made during the campaign.”