The Presidency on Tuesday said President Goodluck Jonathan was not afraid to contest the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket with Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State in 2015.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents.
He was commenting on the emergence of a group called National Forum for Lamido 2015, which urged the governor to contest.
The group, had in a statement on Tuesday, urged the governor to contest the 2015 presidency.
It said that it was not established by Lamido.
The group stated, “We have gone to Jigawa State. We have seen what he has done. Go to Jigawa State, you will see it yourself.
“Jigawa State is the only state you will go in this country and you will get tap water to drink. You don’t need to go and buy pure water,” it added.
It said that the President should honour an agreement he had with some governors that he would spend one term.
“Jonathan had an agreement with the PDP that he is going to spend only one term. He is a gentleman. He should abide by the agreement,” the group said.
It added that the governor could be trusted with the highest position in the country,
It said that it was made up of politicians, youths and businessmen from the 36 states in the country and Abuja.
The group stated, “We want the governor to contest the 2015 presidential election because of his proven leadership qualities and our belief that he can pilot the ship of Nigeria to a safe destination.”
It said that it would mobilise Nigerians to ensure the emergence of Lamido as the President in 2015
Gulak said there was nothing wrong for the governor to test his popularity at the party’s primaries, adding that it is only at that point that “men will be separated from boys.”
He said Lamido’s ambition had not been hidden from the beginning as shown in the way he and four other northern governors had been carrying on.
Gulak said while the Presidency did not have any problem with the governor’s ambition, it was the way he had been going about it that was of concern.