Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has declared that he will emerge as Nigeria’s next President in 2019, despite moves by the presidency to derail his ambition.
Lamido, who kicked off his presidential campaign on Satutrday at Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, declared that President Muhammed Buhari is a fake Fu;lani man from Katsina, stressing that he 2019 presidential election will be between him, who is the real Fulani and Buhari, who he called a fake Fulani man.
He noted that he had traveled across Nigeria meeting leaders of the party to notify them of his intention to run for the presidency next year on the platform of the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), adding that last Saturday’s rally was his official declaration for the number seat.
Speaking before thousands of his supporters, he dared “whoever that person may be” in power to try to prevent his emergence as Nigeria’s next president, which he said is the will of God.
“The 2019 presidential election is undoubtedly going to be between an original Fulani man and a fake Fulani man who was governor and minister at different times,” the aspirant declared to his cheering supporters.
The former Governor, who spoke in the local Fulani language (Fulfude) to crowd, argued although President Buhari is a Fulani by birth, he does not speak the language. He challenged the president to translate some of his remarks; declaring immediately that Mr. Buhari could not do it.
“Under President Buhari, Nigerians have been starved to the extent that they cannot protest against the hike in the prices of essential commodities in the country,” he said.
The former Governor also dismissed as political persecution, his ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged corruption while he was Governor.
“They called me a thief and jailed me. All the molestation and intimidation can’t change my destiny in becoming the next president come 2019. I believe in the entrenchment of democracy in the country.”
He described officials of the All Progressives Congress federal government as thieves who he said have deceived and disunited Nigerians along religious lines.
“We are aware that APC has shielded corrupt personalities like Maikanti Baru (the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), David Lawan Babachir (former Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was removed from office for alleged corruption) and Babagana Kingibe who requested for $43 million from NIA (National Intelligence Agency.”
“Obasanjo’s letter has unlocked Nigerians’ freedom of speech. Before, people were afraid to speak against APC evil, only me, Tanko Yakassai, Buba Galadima and Naja’atu Muhammad (could speak) because we are not afraid of intimidation.”
He said Buhari and APC told Nigerians lies prior to the 2015 elections, stating: “now the people have known better and that will manifest in the 2019 polls.”