Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa state, has lauded the effectiveness of the controversial National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Lamido, who spoke to Weekly Trust on Saturday, April 23, said the people calling for the removal of Sheriff as PDP chairman do not understand the intricacies of politics.
He also said Sheriff is the right person to reposition the former ruling party.
“Modu Sheriff has a long standing political history. All those making noise are product of political invention. Sheriff has been in politics and defeating PDP at the poll since 1999.”
“He was in the ANPP and worked for the alliance that brought together incompatibles. I mean, how do you put (Alhaji Abubakar) Atiku, (President Muhammadu) Buhari and (Chief Ahmed Bola) Tinubu in one political pot? How do you cook them? No, tell me. You can’t cook Buhari and these two in one political pot.”
“When they were forging alliance with ANPP, Sheriff was the arrowhead. They were celebrating him when he was in APC, working for APC. He was a very wonderful person. But, when he joined the PDP, he became a Boko Haram member. Who is saying so, of course, the APC members because they are scared of him? He knows them damn too well.”
“I think, today, Sheriff is the best thing to have happened to PDP. It is a huge good will, he has a huge followership. He is somebody who is courageous, inspirational and he can say: look, APC go to hell. APC is thoroughly scared because they know him and what he is capable of doing. He will come to Jigawa sometime next week.”
“We will come out en masse to welcome him and assemble the biggest crowd ever in Nigerian politics. We want to force them (APC) out in 2019 because they have no agenda and manifesto to govern.”
Explaining why the PDP recorded low votes in the North during the 2015 general elections, Lamido said that the former ruling party was branded as a christian party in those areas.
“In the build-up to the last general election, PDP was vilified, intimidated with religion, falsehoods and propaganda through Facebook postings. Rwandan genocide pictures were posted as Boko Haram victims. PDP was blackmailed into silence.”
“When you queued to vote in the north, people viewed you as an infidel. You were all there and these things happened in a country where freedom should be the operating word. APC man can vote APC but if Lamido votes PDP, he is a Christian, he is a pastor.”