PDP will not change its name - Sule Lamido

By Ummi Ismaeel-Minna

Presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that the party would retain its name irrespective of the large number of people, who joined it from other parties.
He disclosed this at the party’s state secretariat in Minna, Niger State.
According to him, change of name is the least on the party’s agenda, adding that the PDP was preoccupied with strategies to reclaim power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Lamido, the former Governor of Jigawa State told proposed delegates to the next month’s national convention of the party that anyone who is not satisfied with the present name could seek political comfort elsewhere.
“The PDP has remained the only party with well defined ideology between 1999 till date. All the other political parties have changed their names in the quest to wrestle power from the PDP in 2015”, he said, adding that the PDP was not considering changing its name.
He pointed out that the APC government had failed the country and the destruction caused Nigerians by the party would not be corrected in the next 10 years.
“Nigerians could no longer travel on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway as a result of threat to lives and properties by kidnappers and armed robbers because security situations across the country had degenerated more than ever before now,” the former governor said.
Lamido also lamented that the APC government had not been able to restore peace to Benue, Zamfara and Borno states due to incompetency, adding that against much talked about defeat of the insurgents, “Boko Haram is still on the rampage”.
On the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the PDP to APC, the aspirant said that the former governor was blackmailed and he fell for it.
“Akpabio went to the APC for protection. The APC government showed Senator Akpabio some files and he became afraid”.
On the results of the bye-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi, Lamido said that it was not the PDP but Nigeria that lost the bye-elections conducted last week.
His words: “It is Nigeria that lost because of the impunity, injustice and corruption that pervaded the election”.
Asked what would happen if he loses the ticket to be the standard bearer of the PDP ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, Lamido said, “We will accept the outcome if the process is seen to be fair and transparent”.

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