Former Jigawa Governor Sule Lamido has appealed to political stakeholders across the country to avoid zoning as a criterion for leadership selection in 2023.
Rather, he argued that Nigerians with proven track record of trustworthiness who also have national outlook like Sokoto Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal should be encouraged to pick up the challenge of running for the presidency.
Lamido spoke on Tuesday when he received Gov. Tambuwal and his entourage who visited him in his Bamaina country home in Birnin Kudu local government area of Jigawa State in the Governor’s first leg of nationwide consultations on whether or not he should seek to run for the Presidency under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP chieftain, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed concerns that all previous efforts to stabilise the country were bastardised in recent times by the worrisome upsurge of ethnicity and religious schisms.
According to him, these trends need to be reversed, pointing out that what is needed is competent leaders with sterling qualities such as Tambuwal.
He added that he is ready to support Gov. Tambuwal if he opts to seek PDP’s ticket to be its flag bearer provided he will be a “pan Nigerian that will be just.”
Former Sokoto Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, who expressed gratitude to Lamido for the warm reception accorded them, said the visit was not political but consultative.
Tambuwal was accompanied by Zamfara Deputy Governor Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau; former Sokoto Deputy Governor Mukhtar Shagari; former Minister of Power, Engr Bello Suleiman and former chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bello Muhammad.
Others in Gov. Tambuwal’s entourage are: former Director Counterterrorism in the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Gen Sarkin-Yaki Bello and Hon. Aminu Musa Koko.
Led by Mustapha Sule Lamido, son of their host, they were welcomed at Dutse International Airport by a large and joyous crowd that rode and drove with the Governor’s motorcade at snail speed for about two hours in a journey that less than thirty minutes to Bamaina, Lamido’s town.