HOW PDP SAVED NIGERIA FROM COLLAPSE â€“ SULE LAMIDO
Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has recalled the role played by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the unification and stabilisation of Nigeria, after a spate of military dictatorships and in the wake of the June 12 crisis that nearly led to its disintegration.
Speaking in Dutse, when he received a PDP presidential aspirant and former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in his office, Lamido held that but for the foresight and patriotic approach of the party to the political crisis, Nigeria would have been in a shambles by now.
'The party, no matter what one may say, has played a significant role in reconstructing and salvation of the country, which was on the brink of disintegration in the wake of the June 12 election annulment,' he stressed.
Lamido said that given its national acceptability and spread, the party remained the only option to sustainable growth and development, pointing out that it would be foolhardy to allow another party to clinch the presidency.
He added that, 'it will be great disservice to the country to allow another party other than the PDP to get the presidency because it is the only party that has the national acceptability and spread.' The governor further stated that at present, the country needed a party with national spread and not a sectional or regional party even as he stressed that, in politics, one had to accommodate all section and regions of the country.
Turning to the Presidential aspirants, he advised them to remove personal and primordial interest in their quest to get party's ticket, saying the country needed their patriotism now more than ever before. Earlier, Atiku had stated that he was in the state to sympathise with the victims of the flood disaster as well as to canvass for support.
-Atiku announced a donation of N5 million to the victims of the flood in the state and later, entered into a closed door meeting with party officials.