… Says party could not manage success
Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido has diagnosed the illness in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which made it lose last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Lamido. who also failed to deliver his state to the PDP, attributed the development to the inability of the party to properly manage its success.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday night, Lamido however boasted that the party had all it takes to bounce back.
” I ‘m sure if you know the party’s history, what it went through in the last 16 years, it has the capacity to bounce back. PDP made some mistakes I have been saying so. Very, very costly mistakes and we have not been able to properly manage our successes. But to me I don’t think quitting PDP is the answer and in any case Nigerian people have said yes to the APC. They have spoken in very loud and unmistaken ways. The vote is very very unambiguous and so we respect their choice and their rights and we praise Buhari for being able to take the ticket from the PDP even though I am not happy. But it is Nigeria that won, not Buhari. None of them lost but Nigeria won and it is enough of the anxiety, enough of the worry and the fear in Africa. It was so intense you will not believe it as confirmed by the Chairperson African Union and other international friends who have called thanking Nigeria for really saving Nigeria and also saving Africa. So I also say thank you to Nigerians for saving Africa and saving Nigeria,” Lamido said.
While not ruling out the possibility of mass defection from the party and further loss of subsequent elections, Lamido said PDP leaders will have to work hard to mitigate such consequences.
“There is tendency of bandwagon effect but it is up to us to work very hard,” he added.
On the notion that PDP governors didn’t work hard enough to deliver their states, he said: “We won’t go into blame game. In what way will this blame game change the attitude of the crowd? Leadership is a very huge burden and it is normal for followers to do what they did on Saturday. “
Emphasizing the need for unity and oneness in the nation, Lamido said, “whoever becomes the president is a Nigerian president not a president for a particular region. This is how I see this election and I thank Nigerians for standing for Nigeria.”