by Dare Lawal
About a year ago, the governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, was on the verge of dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He and six other governors had formed a splinter group within the PDP called the new PDP and they were in an open courtship with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
However just before five of the seven governors left the PDP, two sons of the Jigawa governor were arrested by the EFCC in moves which Lamido said were political. Whether it was political or not, the governor later decided to stay put in the PDP.
Now it is election season, and Lamido has begun to criticise his former allies. He said most of them who are hiding under the wings of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, are people with questionable background and criminal past.
Speaking at a PDP zonal rally in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Lamido accused the five governors who decided to join the APC of betraying the PDP. The five governors who left were Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and former Adamawa State Murtala Nyako. Lamido and Babangida Aliyu of Niger decided to stay put in the PDP.
He said: “Every Tom, Dick and Harry now hides under Buhari. Politicians with questionable background and criminal past are now hiding under Buhari. These are the same people we fought Buhari together with in 2003, 2007 and 2011. All of a sudden they are now Buhari loyalists. If Buhari is as good as they are saying, why is he condoning these characters?”
The governor said it was a shame that people who benefited immensely from the PDP have today turned into its worst enemies.
“The new slogan in town now is change; and anybody that mouths that platitude automatically becomes a progressive. People like Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Aliyu Wamakko, Nasir el-Rufa’i, Bello Masari, Sabo Nakudu were all made by the PDP. They became what they are today by virtue of PDP, but today they have betrayed the party and they are calling the PDP all sorts of names,” he said.
Lamido said that for betraying the trust of the people, those politicians should be disgraced in 2015.