A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has said the PDP was not afraid of President Buhari, who is now left with his tiny CPC members, having lost support of members of the other parties that merged to form APC in 2015.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, the former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido who is also a contender for the Peoples Democratic Party’s sole ticket for the 2019 Presidential election, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has been dumped by ex-Vice, President Atiku Abubakar and former Lagos State Governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
The influential politician who spoke at his home in Kano last Saturday, also declared that President Buhari was no threat to the PDP, come 2019.
On if Buhari will be endorsed for a second tenure he said: “What is my business if they endorse him or if he runs? Buhari came from a very small party called the CPC. Without the influence of the ACN and the governors who left the PDP, there was no way he would have won because he came from a very tiny party. If those who came together to make him what he is, are no longer in the party, then he has my sympathy for failing to understand this. Look here, Buhari is no threat to the PDP.
“In PDP, we do not give a damn on whoever the APC presents for 2019 because we are more than two-third. We know that as a party, we have made some mistakes and we apologise to Nigerians. If the likes of Tinubu and Atiku feel concerned about what is happening in APC and those who were originally in PDP leave, what will become of him? He would only be left with his tiny CPC, I don’t know how he would do it, but that is his problem, not mine. In any case, the Buhari of today is not the Buhari of 2015.
“The Buhari of today is fatigued; he is faced with what you call political party management in a democracy. It is not where you give orders; here, you have to build some consensus. You can see he cannot even relate well with the Senate President of his own party. So, the Buhari of today is not the Buhari of 2015. Before 2015, he was Buhari the puritanical.
“Buhari, who they saw as the only man at the helm of 20 million people that Nigerians in the APC were ready to surrender their trust, their reasoning, their honour and everything because they are so lazy. Look at what (Professor Itse) Sagay said about the APC. He said they are all thieves. So if they are calling the PDP thieves, their own man is saying they are all thieves.”