Sule Lamido, former Governor of Jigawa State and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, says the thieves in the ruling All Progressives Congress are bigger than the ones in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“When they say we’re thieves, it is the smaller thieves that remained in the PDP; the bigger thieves are in the APC,” said Lamido, who described the ruling party as a rented house whose roof is about to collapse.
He advised all APC members to run back to their former parties because no sane person would stay in a house about to collapse.
“Anybody who is sane should leave the APC because it is a contraption,” Lamido told Daily Trust in an interview. “They are all coming from their own homes into a rented house and it is collapsing.
“So, run away before the house falls on your heads. Those who came from the AC, PDP and even Buhari who came from the CPC should move out and go back to their homes, because this house is caving in. Nobody is safe in that house.”
Lamido, who has written a letter to PDP to announce his 2019 presidential ambition, said the APC had failed to deliver good governance two years after it used propaganda to win an election.
“Two years after we were blackmailed, terrorized, harassed, demonized out of power with these lies upon lies upon lies by people who are least qualified to be in government, I said, ‘look, what’s Nigeria today?’
“I mean a party of propagandists has taken over and today in Nigeria, the way we’re being fought, the way we’re being demonized, the way we’re being harassed and maligned is simply beyond what you imagine because this is a party.
“Here’s a government in Nigeria which is fond of mocking its own citizens. Anything you say, they mock you. They call you wailing-wailer. But government should give me comfort; government should inspire me; it should motivate me so that if I’m wailing, it should say, ‘look, what’s your problem?’ And then cure my problems; you don’t mock me.
“There was a time I came to Abuja in the night and throughout there was no light. I mean it was in total darkness like we are in the Stone Age and if I’d talked, they would say, ‘Sule Lamido is wailing, wailing-wailer’. I’m wailing because I want something called a civilized environment.”
Lamido said it was an irony that APC demonised PDP but majority of the party members were once in PDP. He said the big thieves left the PDP to APC, leaving only the small thieves in PDP.
“Look, the APC is a creation of the PDP. When [Chief John Odigie] Oyegun calls us evil, when Lai Mohammed call us shameless, it’s because they don’t know what is called evil or shame because their government is a creation of evil and shame, because it was fertilized by the PDP.
“The APC government is our own daughter, our son because the PDP made them. Minus the PDP, there would be no APC,” he said.
“Come on! Where would they be? So people like Oyegun, who were out of circulation before coming to government, are now talking because they found the evil in the PDP, simply because it made them. All of them today are the creation of the PDP.”
Lamido is hopeful that PDP would win the 2019 presidential election even if Buhari seeks re-election.
“The Buhari of today is not the Buhari of 2015. One, he is fatigued. Two, he is faced with what you call political party management under democracy.
“It is not where you give orders; here you have to build some consensus. You can see he cannot even relate well with the Senate President of his own party. So, the Buhari of today is not the Buhari of 2015.”