Buhari’s integrity claim a fraud ― Lamido 

Sule Lamido

Former Jigawa State governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido, has dismissed the claim of integrity attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that before him, there were famed Nigerian leaders with integrity which the president has never acknowledged.

Speaking to journalists after submitting his completed nomination for the presidential ticket of the PDP at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Thursday, he alleged that Buhari has failed to pay tribute to past leaders for their integrity.

He said: “There has been integrity before Buhari, there has been honesty in Nigerian before Buhari. Therefore, integrity is not an invention under APC.

“Before Buhari will lead us, even our anthem says the labour of our heroes past. Before Buhari, we had Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aminu Kano, Tafawa Balewa, and these are people of integrity. And Buhari never for once paid tribute to them.

“Wherever he goes he will destroy history, reinvent it, re-erect it and say he is the only person with integrity.

“Before Buhari, there has been integrity, honesty and he is going to leave all these behind. Beyond and after Buhari, there will be Nigeria. So, Buhari integrity is a fraud, is false.”

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Also speaking after his submission of forms, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, said the state will return PDP to power in 2019 with him as the flag bearer.

He stated: “For the past three years in Abia State, we have succeeded in placing Abia on a path of irreversible, sustainable development running on our five pillars of development which include: trade and commerce, agriculture, oil and gas and promotion of small and medium enterprises.

“Today, even our worst enemies acknowledge that Abia is the SME capital of Nigeria, courtesy of the benevolence of God Almighty.

“Our promotion of Made In Aba has gone beyond the shores of Nigeria, Africa indeed and I am happy and pleased to say that our innovations in agriculture have also seen new vistas and the massive infrastructural development that has opened up our market, opened up our major cities and ensure that trade and commerce begin to flourish once again.

“Whatever is good is by God. And I can say that it is the wish of God that we continue in this trajectory.”

Former Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Technology of Owerri, Prof Jude Njoku, who is gunning for the Imo State ticket of the PDP said after submitting his nomination forms that he would expand the state government’s university education scholarship scheme to capture all eligible indigenes of the state.

He added: “A scholarship scheme which is reduced to only Imo state-owned institutions is not the best. I believe it. Should be extended to all institutions in the state.”

According to him, the PDP in Imo was now stable more than ever before to win elections in 2019.

He further said: “Once Imo conduct credible primary and it’s members sustain the unity within the party.

“What we need to do in PDP is to conduct free fair and credible elections.”

Dr Muhammed Bello, seeking the party’s ticket to contest the Kaduna State gubernatorial position, said he was the best place to dislodge the incumbent governor of the state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, from office.

“We are currently witnessing maladministration in Kaduna state and the people are asking for a change. I believe I have what it takes, the experience, the competence to meet their aspirations,” he declared.

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