Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) leaders are not working to contest any position in 2019, but making efforts to restore the party’s lost glory, former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido said yesterday.
Lamido, who spoke to reporters at his village Bamaina, said: “We are now busy restoring the party (PDP) and not working on ambition and contest.”
He explained that he and some other party national leaders were touring PDP states with the aim of regaining the party’s consciousness.
According to him, PDP members must share the collective blame for the crises bedevilling the party.
He said: “Along the line, a number of things happened and everybody in PDP, including me, should share the blame.
‘We talked about impunity, imposition and what have you, because it was our trend – depending on who is benefiting. So, all of us in and out have been part of these crises of misdeneamour, which means we did more wrong as a political party than right.”
On the way forward, the former governor said: “All of us in PDP knew our history and those of us that left to the All Progressives Congress (APC) know their own reasons. So, as leaders, we are tasked with the challenge: how can we now resolve to do more right than wrong?”
Lamido said many issues were raised as solutions to PDP crises, including changing the name of the party, which, he argued,was an unnecessary process to solve the problem.
He argued: “Changing the name of the party and not changing the faces of those in the party cannot solve the problem. Yesterday, I wore blue and today, I am wearing cream, it is the same Sule Lamido you are seeing.
“The letters of PDP are innocent, even a party like APC has a ‘P’. But it’s we, who are changing when you abandoned the Alliance for Democracy (AD),Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and now you are into the All Progressive Congress (APC)…
“As a party, even though we are going through crises, which are even good for us, it is a wake-up call.
“There is no campaign; we are going round to our governors and our leaders and say: ‘look, we all know what went wrong. Let’s come back because in Nigeria, it’s either PDP or PDP’.”
He added: “We had a very good PDP for 16 years. We are now having the very worst PDP of two years, even though we are working hard and evoking on the patriotism of people. Yet, we should feel guilty of the intensity of the heat from poverty and deprivation coupled with the high level of nepotism in government and total disrespect for the right to the rule of law.
“You cannot rule a country, where justice is not operational and there is no way fear can run a country.” (The Nation)