Sule Lamido Laughs, Then Says, ‘We’re All Married’ When Asked Why No Women Among The 12 PDP Presidential Aspirants
Former Governor of Jigawa State and one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants, Sule Lamido, had a funny reaction when asked why there are no women among the 12 presidential aspirants of his party.
“We’re all married men now,” he blurted, choking a laugh. “That means the women are also in the race.”
Then speaking matter-of-factly, he said: “We need to encourage our women to take more interest in top elective positions.”
Twelve aspirants have purchased the PDP presidential nomination forms, and they are all men. The aspirants are: Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, David Mark, Aminu Tambuwal, Ibrahim Dankwabo, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi, Attahiru Baffarawa, David Jonah Jang, Tanimu Turaki and Datti -Baba Ahmed.
Lamido, one of the five presidential aspirants who had remained with the PDP since its creation in 1998, told THE WHISTLER in a chat that women would be prominent in his government if he secures his party’s ticket and is elected president of the country in 2019.
“When I was governor of Jigawa State, you saw the women in our cabinet; we gave them prominent positions and they excel and one of them even became a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“If my party picks me as its presidential candidate, women would definitely be at the top of our government.”
The other aspirants who had not left the PDP since its inception are Makarfi, Turaki, Jang and Mark. Apart from Bafarawa and Dankwabo who joined the party later, the other aspirants were founding members who defected to the All Progressive Congress before the 2015 elections.
Speaking on the statement attributed to the former Vice President suggesting he(Lamido) would step down for him when the time comes, he said he had no such deal with Mr. Abubakar.
“It was just a joke he cracked when he came to campaign to delegates in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital. But the media took it out of context. I could have also gone to Yola, his home state and tell the delegates there that Atiku will step down for me when the time comes,
“We’re brothers, don’t forget that. He’s Fulani and I’m also Fulani so he said that joke with that in mind.”
But speaking on who, among the aspirants is more qualified for the PDP presidential ticket, Lamido said: “We’re all qualified. But no one is more qualified than me to pick our party’s ticket and lead this country at this time.”
He stressed that the PDP must ensure it gets it right by picking the right candidate to flag the party’s flag in the 2019 presidential election if it hopes to defeat the ruling APC.
The presidential aspirant saidhe was one of the founding fathers of the PDP who warned Nigerians against electing Muhammadu Buhari as president in 2015, but said his voice was drowned by those campaigning against then President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Now everybody is concerned that the PDP must get it right in order to dislodge this incompetent government,
“The government has failed and some of us knew nothing good would come out of the Buhari presidency,
“Nigerians should wait and see who PDP will pick. But I can assure you that despite the number of aspirants, the party is capable and will come up with an acceptable candidate from the convention.”