All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are working for the good of the country, Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido said yesterday.
The governor spoke in Dutse, the state capital, while receiving former military Head of State Gen. Abdussalami Abubakar, who was rounding off his two-day visit to the state.
Lamido, one of the G-7 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors crusading for internal democracy and good administration of the ruling party, described PDP National Chairman Bamanga Tukur as a “polio virus to Nigerian democracy”.
Lamido, who declined to join the APC like five of his colleagues in the G7, described Tukur’s style of leadership as a threat to democracy, which people fought for, losing wealth and lives.
He said Tukur’s action was capable of throwing the country into “total doom”.
Lamido told Gen. Abdulsalami: “It is quite unfortunate that 14 years after you, Abubakar Abdulsalami, out of your national patriotism and selfless commitment to the nation, conquered all the temptations around you and relinquished government, things are being run like this.”
According to the governor, the PDP’s house is in a shambles as a result of Tukur’s leadership style. He accused the party leader of lacking ideas on how to develop the party.
He said his colleagues who earlier in the week defected to the APC did so out of frustration, adding: ” Most of them had worked for the advancement of the PDP in their states, but instead of the party to show appreciation, it ended up sending people parking unceremoniously.”
The governor described Gen, Abdulsalami as a democrat for his role in handing over power to a democratically- elected government in 1999. He is a “father of democracy in Nigeria”.
He urged him to raise up his hands and say “no” to anti- democratic forces and enemies of democracy.
“It is high time people like you started talking so as to rescue democracy and the nation so that the legacies you have bequeathed will not be trampled upon by never do wells,” Lamido told his guest.
To Gen. Abubakar, Nigeria is at the crossroads and will need the prayers of all to survived.
He said the country would not survive in an atmosphere dominated by rancour and violence.
“Whereever we are, we must make peace and this is also applicable to politics.
“We, as people, must avoid violence and if there is any difference among us, there are procedures to follow – like the judiciary,” he said.
The former head of state noted that the effort to restore democracy in the country during his regime was possible because of the commitment of all Nigerians.
Gen. Abubakar praised Lamido for transforming his state positively, noting that the governor executed people-oriented projects.
He said: “Whoever left Dutse 10 years ago would be overwhelmed by the level of progress recorded by the Lamido administration.”
Gen. Abdulsalami visited the Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi, in his palace and inaugurated the multi-billion naira State High Court, which he described as the best in the country.