A leading chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Governor of Jigawa state has said nothing will stop him from becoming the president in 2019 if God wills it.
The immediate past Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido
The immediate past Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has claimed that no matter the oppression, if God wishes for him to be president in 2019, nobody will stop him, Daily Sun reports.
He revealed this on Sunday night after dozens of heavily armed policemen were deployed in Bamaina village of Birnin Kudu to prevent an initial rally organised by hundreds of youths calling on the former governor to contest 2019 Presidency.
He said, “the desperation by those in authorities of power today must know that the same God that have made Balewa, Ironsi, Gowon, Murtala, Shagari, Buhari, Babangida and Jonathan Presidents could do the same for me if Allah so wishes.
“All this coercion and intimidation was because of my aspiration and I must tell them that no matter what, if Allah has destined that I will be President, they cannot stop me or deter me because that will amount to fighting against the wish of God”, he stated.
While briefing newsmen on the situation, the former governor, who briefed the Press on the situation said: “Leaders should beware of the consequences that followed tyranny, impunity and abuse of human dignity”.
Lamido said he was shocked with the revelation that young men could be stopped from going to see their father, “I am their father and they are coming to greet me and you are saying they have to ask for permit, permit for what?”, he asked.
“All over this country I’ve never heard of a mutual gathering that requires one to ask for permit, even on Saturday, we were in Sokoto for a wedding where thousands of people attended or even naming ceremonies where hundreds attend, have you asked them to show their permit?, but because it’s Sule Lamido, whoever that is coming to see me must acquire a permit to do so” he added.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said he has long passed the stage of being intimidated by any one, adding, “for those policemen that made people to lie on their bare backs simply because they were coming to meet me should also note that they are no better people than those they have punished”.
There was commotion in the early hours of Saturday as about 200 policemen deployed in the town to prevent the rally from taking place although the police spokesperson, DSP Abdul Jinjiri, said they are on routine patrol of the area against likely breakdown of law and order.
The officers who have mounted a roadblock leading to Bamaina, the hometown of Lamido, were seen turning back several vehicles conveying people that were attending the rally.
One of the police officers in charge at the Bamaina police division told our reporter who was also initially prevented from entering the town said, “I cannot prevent you journalists from doing your statutory duties, however, please, there won’t be any event here today”.
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