John Charles, Makurdi
A former Governor of Jigawa State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday said voting for the ruling All Progressives Congress in the coming general elections would further divide Nigeria.
Lamido who was in the state to intimate his intention to run for the office of the President in 2019 to party members, paid a courtesy call on the state Governor, Samuel Ortom.
The former minister of foreign affairs stated that the APC had introduced division leading to venomous agenda aimed at defrauding the country.
According to him, it’s chicken-hearted politicians that are defecting to the APC for protection.
He said the APC thrived on propaganda, adding that there had been bloodshed everywhere in Nigeria.
Lamido also lamented that the people had been unsettled by killings and kidnappings in the country.
“The APC has demonised, blackmailed the PDP but the APC is a party that thrives on falsehood. PDP is the only party with the political history to keep Nigeria united.
“Nigeria has a long history of crisis, including coup d’état among other vices and our leaders must put human consideration above other parochial interests so that the country can be better.
“We must uphold and stand for our brotherhood. We should be there for each other either as northerners or southerners, easterners or westerners. Nigeria is a symbol of the black race meaning that any black man in the diaspora look up to Nigeria for leadership. We must be mindful of what we do because whatever we do affects others”.
He added, “I share in the anxiety of those who advocate that Nigeria should be restructured. APC is a party that thrives on propaganda and the money they have stolen is so horrendous and they keep talking about corruption.”
Lamido insisted that his aspiration was not desperation, stressing, “We must work for a united Nigeria and secure the country.
Welcoming the presidential aspirant, Ortom said Nigeria had come a long way and only those who looked at its history wrongly would plunge the country into chaos.
Ortom who was represented by his deputy, Benson Abounu, said too much politicking without measurable action had been the cause of Nigeria’s underdevelopment.
Ortom pledged Benue’s total support towards the realisation of his presidential ambition and expressed the confidence that Lamido, if elected, would turn the country around as he did in Jigawa State when he was a governor.
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