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2019: I am Atiku Abubakar’s senior, I won’t step down for him – PDP presidential hopeful Sule Lamido

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

With a few days to the primaries of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor of Jigawa state who is also a PDP presidential hopeful, Sule Lamido, has said he will not step down for Atiku Abubakar.

Premium Times reports that Lamido expressed this while making a rejoinder to a statement credited to Atiku that he (Lamido) would step down for him because of age sympathy and for the fact that they share the same political ideology.

Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, had said while addressing the PDP political class in Dutse, Jigawa state on Monday, September 10, that he and the former governor share the same bloodline through his (Atiku’s) mother who hailed from Jigawar Sarki, a village in Dutse local government area of Jigawa state.

However, reacting to statement through his media aide, Lamido clearly reinstated that his ambition cannot be buried because of Atiku’s interest.

He said:

“While it is true he (mr Abubakar) is older than me age-wise, I’m senior to him politically because I was in the House of Representatives in 1979 when he was an employee of Nigeria Customs Service. And if age is the criterion for standing election then he should drop out for Buhari.”

“Even if Lamido did not shows interest to contest, PDP should have called him to be the flag bearer and if there is anyone the other aspirants should step down for, it should be Sule Lamido because he has the goodwill, political experience and capacity to confront the ruling party, APC.

“Also if Lamido is to step down, why would he aspire in the first place? Sule Lamido is out to run for the president come 2019 God willing.”

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