Dr. Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa State and a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has written the party to declare his intention to run for presidency in 2019.
Mr. Lamido is currently the second person and only northern who has so far shown interest to contest the presidential election come 2019.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State South-West Nigeria had declared his intention to run for the highest office too, however, the party had already agreed to zone the presidency to the north.
Lamido’s letter reads below;
“Today, 57 years after the independence of our dear country, can we in all sincerity claim to have achieved the dream of our founding fathers?
“Where did we fail and from where did we begin to fail? Nigeria with its natural endowment and human capacity cannot be forgiven for being otherwise.
“We cannot even demonstrate our ability and capacity to meet domestic, regional and global challenges which currently seems to overwhelm us.
“The PDP will and must lead the nation back into a bright, progressive, and innovative future.
“To the world, Nigeria must demonstrate our confidence, tenacity in our ability and capability to address our domestic regional and global challenges that confront us.
“It is against this background that I offer myself to vie for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019 if my party finds me worthy to fly its flag.
“I am no means claiming to be the only capable material, any PDP member, given the trust and support can fly our flag, and I expect many more aspirants will express the desire to run.
“My hope and prayer is that at the end of all the process which I hope will be open, fair transparent and credible is to give Nigeria in 2019 candidate who will lead the party and Nigeria.
“This is because there is no alternative to PDP in 2019, it will be a defining moment in the Nigerian political evolution.”