A former Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress at the centre as incompetent, visionless, evil and divisive.
Lamido, a presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, made the allegations on Thursday when he and his entourage paid a consultation visit to Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson at the Government House, Yenagoa, to solicit his support for his presidential bid.
He said the APC government thrived on lies, noting that Nigerians now knew better the stuff the party was made of.
Lamido stated, “They (the APC) said for 16 years, the PDP under Goodluck Jonathan was only there corrupting, stealing and killing. But today, it is up to us to reflect. Look at it from 1999 to 2015 was PDP, while from 2015 till today is the APC. Look at it: Are we more united now? Are we richer now? Are we more secured now? Therefore, you can see that the APC is a virus of evil.
“They demean the PDP, they blackmail us, they demonise us, using religion, and today, this party (APC) has turned lies as part of governance and they are lying for purpose. It is a government where there is no focus; it is a government you do not know who is in charge, whether it is President Buhari or the Chief of Staff.
“When they blocked the National Assembly for 10 hours and the House was under siege, the Inspector General of Police said he was not aware. Buhari also said he did not know. So, who do you hold accountable for the siege?
“So, Nigerians can see that the government has no vision, no focus, it is incompetent, it is divisive and it is evil. This country belongs to all of us; Nigeria is for all Nigerians.
“Today, you can see the impunity in government. The level of theft in the NNPC is unheard of. They loot, they drain and they suck our blood like leeches yet they say we are the thieves.”
On his part, Governor Dickson appreciated Lamido’s steadfastness, courage in speaking up when it was the right thing to do, his progressive views and for all he had done for the country and the PDP.
He called on Lamido and other contestants to be ready to collaborate at the right time, beginning from now, to see how, at the end of the day, when the delegates to the party’s presidential convention would have spoken, that all the leaders would join hands to rescue the country.
Dickson said, “We call on the national leadership, and we know that is what they will do, and we will support them to organise a free, transparent, credible primary within our party that will produce the best and the most widely accepted candiate as our flagbearer.
“Our party has to wake up and we are pleased that it has woken up. I want to commend the national chairman and his team for the new lease of life that our party now has.
“We call on Nigerians to have confidence in our party; we call on those our former members who are still on the other side who have now recognised the mistakes they have made, to come back and that our party doors are open to one and to all, so that at the end of the day, we all work together to rescue our country.”