A former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has unveiled his bid for the 2019 presidential race, with two years left in the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sule Lamido kick started the 2019 presidential race on Monday, May 22, at a dinner for the 36 state chairmen of the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP), and all the six national zonal vice chairmen, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the Sun reports.
A source who was identified as one of Lamido’s close confidants disclosed that the former governor told the gathering that Nigeria, as a country, has done him a lot of good and the only way he could pay back is to offer himself to serve the country, come 2019.
Sule Lamido has said he is being intimidated because of his presidential aspiration.
According to the source, Lamido said: “For now, what we are doing is internal; that is why I believe I have to start from home. I am aware a lot of people are likely to indicate interest in running on the platform of our great party. Please, we must make sure we go for the best.
“After series of consultations across the length and breadth of Nigeria, when the time comes, I will be offering myself for the presidency. I may not be the only aspirant, but please, when the time comes, only the best should be allowed to emerge on the platform of our great party, the PDP.”
The former governor had in January this year, said that no matter the level of oppression and intimidation, if God wishes for him to be president in 2019, nobody would stop him.
Lamido’s declaration is coming barely two weeks after he was released on bail, from prison, over allegation of incitement, preferred against him by the Jigawa State Government.
The former governor alleged that he was being victimized by some persons because of his presidential ambition.
He said: “All the coercion and intimidation were because of my aspiration, and I must tell them that no matter what, if Allah has destined that I will be president, they cannot stop me because that will amount to fighting the will of God.
“Leaders should beware of the consequences that follow tyranny, impunity and abuse of human dignity.”