Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State and a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has thrown doubt on the future of the All Progressives Congress (APC), arguing that it will die by 2023.
It is built on hatred for the PDP, he said, adding that it has failed to fulfil its promises and its leaders have been exposed as liars.
According to the former minister of foreign affairs, the PDP would regain power in 2023 because Nigerians were tired of the ruling party.
Lamido told Daily Trust on Sunday that the APC brainwashed Nigerians into believing the PDP was responsible for everything bad in the country.
A campaign built on promises to address the country’s security challenges, improve the economy, and combat corruption helped Muhammadu Buhari win the 2015 election. In 2019, he was re-elected for another four-year term.
The opposition parties, including the PDP, have been plotting to unseat the ruling party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The former governor also accused President Buhari and the APC leadership of using blackmail to get members of the opposition into the party.
It is irresponsible for Buhari to receive PDP members at the Villa. The worst corruption is to steal PDP’s ticket and give it to another party,” Lamido said.
Asked about the move to woo him into the then new party in 2014, he said leaving the PDP would mean biting the fingers that fed him. “I refused to go because I did not believe they were sincere. They are dubious in their approach. They lack basic courtesy. Would they abuse me and then come back to me with a different story?
We should put Nigeria first in our aspirations and divisions as citizens of this country, whether we are politicians or activists. “Build Nigeria, whether you are in the APC or PDP,” he said.
Lamido said the call for restructuring was also fueled by a lack of confidence in the system, bad governance, injustice, and nepotism.
APC will survive into 2023 – Spokesperson
In response to Lamido’s statement, Yekini Nabena, deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, told Daily Trust that the party would not collapse.
He says the party is truly national and has made significant contributions to the country, adding that it is not founded on lies, but on the ideals of democracy.
When Sule Lamido was governor of Jigawa State, what did he do for the people? Let him examine himself first. The APC will not collapse, I can assure you. In 2023, the party will remain in power. “We have passed the extinction-level,” he said.
No law prevents Buhari from receiving decampees – Presidency
Garba Shehu responded to Lamido’s comment that it is not honourable for the president to receive members of other political parties into the APC at the Presidential Villa, noting that no law prevents Buhari from doing so.
According to Shehu, the APC attracted leaders of other political parties into its fold through persuasion and delivery of promises, stressing that no one is being forced to join the ruling party.
APC will not emulate the tradition of the PDP in receiving decampees with mandates from other parties, he said, dismissing the notion that this was another form of corruption.
The former governor should read the constitution, I think. As the president has one vote, he is a leader. There is no law preventing a sitting president from welcoming new members as a leader of his party. It is not corruption. The act of political corruption is when a sitting governor is shown papers from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and offered the option of facing prosecution or resigning. In 16 years, this is what their party, the PDP, achieved.
“On the other hand, no one is being forced to join the APC,” he added.