Why Lamido did not defect to APC
JIGAWA State governor, Suleiman Lamido, declared Tuesday that his refusal to defect to the All progressives’ Congress (APC) along with governors Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso of Kano, Akilu Wamakko of Sokoto State and three other governors was guided by his commitment to fight for the national interest.
Speaking with reporters shortly after a meeting with the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday, Lamido, also denied reports that his meeting with governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State recently was to prepare for his defection to APC.
Kwankwaso had said on Monday that Lamido betrayed the G7 group by refusing to defect to the APC as agreed.
But Lamido in response to Kwankwasp’s remark said:
“I am a betrayer, confirmed. I betrayed them. I did, yes. I am aligning myself to what he (Kwankwaso) said. I am aligning my answer to what he said. Go and find out from him. I betrayed them in national interest,” Lamido stated
On his meeting with Amaechi, Lamido said:
“You see sometime it is sheer mischief…an elder will not follow an elder, me and Amaechi are very good friends, PDP or no PDP, we are Nigerians how can I go to APC.”
Kwankwaso had accusedLamido, of betraying the group of five Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s governors who left the party following their disagreement with PDP
He said: “Everyone knows that Governor Lamido was part of us, he was the leader of the group. He took us to a certain height before choosing otherwise and we were all surprised by his final decision.
“But, if there is anybody who would criticise our exit, it shouldn’t be Lamido and the Niger State governor. After all, our our judgment would decide the outcome of the general election.
“However, we know that PDP is no longer the monster it used to be, and I tell you they are ready to do anything to have someone like me who was considered as an irritant back in their fold.” Kwankwaso had declared.
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