Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to remember how he was demonized by key members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as President and not defect to the APC.
Lamido said it would be unfair on the PDP and members of the party who sacrificed for Jonathan during his persecution by APC members, should he decide to join the ruling APC.
Several reports exposed how a cabal in the ruling APC had been wooing Jonathan to join the party, promising to give him the presidential ticket of the party.
Some of his supporters had recently stormed his Abuja office, chanting his name and asking him to contest for President in 2023.
Jonathan while addressing the supporters said he could not tell if he would be contesting the 2023 presidential election, but added that they should “just watch out”.
Lamido in an interview with Vanguard, however, warned the former President that he risked the wrath of God if he succumbed to ongoing appeals that he should join the APC, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lamido asked Jonathan to consider the suffering of PDP members who stood by him during the 2015 campaign, before deciding to join the ruling party.
He also recalled how the former President and many PDP supporters were persecuted by members of APC ahead of the 2015 presidential election, which Jonathan lost to Buhari.
He said, “The people of the North stood for Jonathan because they were working for Nigeria because they believed in Nigeria. I was called a Christian and pastor because of Jonathan. I was called anti-Islam because of Jonathan. Everything evil was me and all PDP people who supported Jonathan.
Went through hell
“That means all they went through, the pain, the humiliation, for supporting Jonathan in 2014 was nothing. Even Jega (then-INEC Chairman) was not left out. We went through hell in 2014 all for Jonathan. He called me during the election in Jigawa. I said “sir”, and he said, “I hope you are safe”. I said, “don’t worry sir. We are home and dry”. He said, “thank God”.
“Even though Buhari won in my state (Jigawa), in the polling units in my ward, he scored zero. I am taking the pain of this narration that Nigerians suffered a lot for Jonathan. And God has been good to Jonathan.
“It is for him now to reflect and see those people who demonized him, who called him evil, who said Boko Haram was a PDP company in 2014. Buhari with APC members went on demonstration because fuel price was increased to 60-something naira. He (Buhari) was on the streets demonstrating.
“Let him check what El-Rufai (Kaduna governor) said about him, or what Lai Mohammed said about him. Let him go and check what the APC propaganda machine said about him in 2014. He lost.
“I knew the kind of humiliation he went through. How he lost the election through blackmail, threat and division between tribes and Christians and Muslims. I met him in the Presidential Villa four days after Buhari won the (2014) election. What I told him in the Villa is for another day. I won’t say that now.
God will defend PDP
He should remember what I told him. He should take all this into consideration. Is this the way he wants to reward PDP? Is this way he is going to reward PDP for inventing him? Minus PDP, who will ever know anybody called Jonathan? Today, he is an international person, being called upon by the world to perform functions for the world.
“How did he get that kind of status? It is from PDP. Now, he is said to be going to APC because of greed, to destroy all this history of his? God will not allow him. If he goes, God will defend PDP.
Wrath of God
“If he goes, he will meet the wrath of God. I urge him not to do it. The people courting him now are liars. They lied to get to the government. I urge him in the name of God, the very God that made him from nothing, to think about PDP which made him from nothing. He should please reconsider. People are looking at him. You do not destroy the foundation that made you. These people ‘evilized’ him. He is now going to them, to turn him into a saint? He should never ever believe in APC. APC is a creation of lies, cultured by lies, maintained with lies.”