Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Former Jigawa State Governor, Mallam Sule Lamido, has notified his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of his intention to run for the presidential ticket of the party in the 2019 election.
In a letter to all PDP members across the country which was obtained by THISDAY yesterday, Lamido said all the party needs to reposition the country is to take over power in 2019 and bring it back to its path of recovery.
Lamido lamented that the nation has departed from the dreams of its founding fathers.
â€œToday, 57 years after the independence of our dear country, can we in all sincerity claim to have achieved the dream of our founding fathers? Where did we fail and from where did we begin to fail? Nigeria with its natural endowment and human capacity cannot be forgiven for being otherwise.
We cannot even demonstrate our ability and capacity to meet domestic, regional and global challenges which currently seems to overwhelm us.
â€œThe PDP will and must lead the nation back into a bright, progressive, and innovative future,â€ his letter read.
He said the PDP must rekindle in Nigeria a new hope, a nation of united people with a common and assured destiny.
â€œTo the world, Nigeria must demonstrate our confidence, tenacity in our ability and capability to address our domestic regional and global challenges that confront us.
It is against this background that I offer myself to vie for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019 if my party finds me worthy to fly its flag,â€ the letter reads.
The former governor noted that the PDP have enough talents to salvage the nations from its current woes.
â€œI am no means claiming to be the only capable material, any PDP member given the trust and support can fly our flag, and I expect many more aspirants will express the desire to run. My hope and prayer is that at the end of all the process which I hope will be open, fair, transparent and credible is to give Nigerians in 2019 candidate who will lead the party and Nigeria. This is because there is no alternative to PDP in 2019, it will be a defining moment in the Nigerian political evolution,â€ Lamido said in the letter.
He said why the clamour for restructuring rages, the most important aspects of addressing the Nigerian economy by creating prosperity would make the debate less emotional and sentimental.
â€œOur imperfect union as a federation should not be an excuse for our legendary failure which appears to have found vent in the call for restructuring, a union of multi-ethnic multi-lingual and multi-religious can certainly task the best of human capacities, but that is precisely the challenge and how to work on it and build a nation of people of a common destiny, and this is where the PDP must rise to the challenge.
â€œThe starting point is where the PDP began in 1998 and critical to it is creating an open environment in which every Nigerian must not only been seen to be, but must be an equal stakeholder and therefore restoring trust and faith in our shared union and this PDP was able to achieve in its first four years,â€ Lamido said.