BY ALIYU DANGIDA
DUTSE — Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, yesterday, said that he was not interested in contesting the 2015 presidency, laying to rest, insinuations that he would heed to the call by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan for the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, ticket.
Members of the National Assembly from the state, among other personalities from all walks of life, had asked Lamido to vie for the highest political office in the land, citing his achievements as governor of his rural state as reasons for their campaign for him to heed their advice.
In an interactive session with newsmen in Dutse, the state capital, Lamido said he felt flattered by the call from eminent Nigerians for him to run for the election in 2015, but said that the atmosphere was not conducive for him to contest.
He said: ”I must say that I am impressed with the support these people are giving me. I feel flattered that of the 170 million Nigerian population, I was chosen by some people to occupy the number one seat in the country.
“I still do not see a conducive environment to declare my aspiration, but I thank them sincerely for their care and concern,” he said.
On his performances in office as governor, he said: “Jigawa State deserves the best and I gave the maximum I can in the last seven years because I sustained development and built strong institutions in the state.”
He said the collective efforts of Jigawa indigenes, resource persons and other stakeholders gave him the courage to execute developmental projects in the state.
The governor said his government carried out the projects without borrowing a single kobo as loan from either banks or anybody and commended the people of the state whom he described as good ambassadors and partners in progress for their support and cooperation.