“The PDP will and must lead the nation back into a bright, progressive, and innovative future.”
That was the declaration of Alhaji Sule Lamido in a letter to his party PDP to signify his intention to run for president in 2019.
The former governor of Jigawa State also stated: “Today, 57 years after the independence of our dear country, can we in all sincerity claim to have achieved the dream of our founding fathers? Where did we fail and from where did we begin to fail? Nigeria with its natural endowment and human capacity cannot be forgiven for being otherwise. We cannot even demonstrate our ability and capacity to meet domestic, regional and global challenges which currently seem to overwhelm us.”
There is no alternative to the PDP in 2019, he said, adding that “ it will be a defining moment in the Nigerian political evolution.”
On the clamour for restructuring, he noted: “Our imperfect union as a federation should not be an excuse for our legendary failure which appears to have found vent in the call for restructuring,; a union of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious can certainly task the best of human capacities, but that is precisely the challenge and how to work on it and build a nation of people of a common destiny, and this is where the PDP must raise to the challenge.
“The starting point is where the PDP began in 1998 and critical to it is creating an open environment in which every Nigerian must not only been seen to be, but must be an equal stakeholder and therefore restoring trust and faith in our shared union and this PDP was able to achieve in its first four years.”
So far, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Lamido are the only aspirants on the PDP platform who have made known their ambitions.