•Meets Jonathan over ex-president
JIGAWA State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, ostensibly to discuss with President Goodluck Jonathan on the exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
He told State House correspondents after the meeting that Chief Obasanjo remained the father of the PDP, who happened to be angry with his children.
Describing the former president as an icon and a national symbol, Lamido said though the children might have made mistakes, it was not right for the father to abandon them.
He, therefore, hoped that after Obasanjo might have reflected on his action, he may retrace his steps.
“Baba is more than a party man. He is an icon, a national symbol, a leader and an inventor, a creator of all the institutions today in Nigeria. From the presidency to the governors who are his own sons, we are all his creations.
“And so, when a father is angry with his own children, we will only say we are sorry to him. But then, we cannot be renounced for whatever it is.
“If you do any political DNA of our blood, you will find his blood in us. No matter what we are, we may not be able to live up to his expectations.
“We might have made some mistakes, but abandoning us is not the solution, because the country is first before anything else.
“So, he is our baba, even up to the president. Baba is our baba, no matter what. He is angry with us, but then, what do we do?
“He gave us the life at a time when Nigerians were fighting us, he stood for us. Since 2011, in 2007, he stood firm for us. He is our father.
“And so, if we made some mistakes, we are only human because we are heading human institutions. Wherever we are, we are right in his heart. He feels for us, he cares for us.”
Speaking on the possibility of a reconciliation even after Obasanjo had publicly torn his PDP membership card, the governor said he was not prepared to disclose what would be done, but insisted that the former president was at pain over what had happened.
He said “when there is some kind of misunderstanding between a father and a child, you don’t go to NTA or any other media to say you are going to do this. I mean the bond between us is so strong.
“I know he is equally pained. I know what he is going through because he is our father, but I will not tell you the strategy, because when he was producing us, you were not there. When he was making us, were you there?”
On claims by some PDP leaders that the party would not miss Obasanjo, Lamido posited that such statements had not emanated from the number one man in the party, who is President Jonathan.
Also answering question on Obasanjo’s consistent criticisms of the president, Lamido said “what I am saying is that all of us are parents. When we were born, they petted us, gave us their love, gave us everything.
“By the time they get old, naturally, there is what they call role reversal. We became the parents and they became the children. So, what is wrong if our parents begin to manifest those signs of old age?”
He dismissed suggestions that the opposition was enjoying and profiting from the drama in the PDP, noting that the opposition was a manifestation of the ills of the ruling party.
“What is this opposition In Nigeria? You must know Nigerian history. Nigeria cannot be governed by an aggregate of pain, anger and frustration.
“And I have been saying this, those people called opposition who are now abusing us, whatever might have been our crime, it was that crime that made them.
“We created that for them to become either governors, in the legislature, we created room for them to emerge. So whatever they think is our evil, they are the manifestations of the evil. Believe me, you don’t know Nigeria.”
On whether he believed PDP would still emerge winner in the general election, he expressed confidence, saying “I don’t doubt it, because what is APC? An almagamation of pain, anger and desperation. And this country is too big for them.”
He said looking at the social media, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had given false hopes to its supporters who would be disappointed at the end.
“If you go through the social media, what they paint is that APC has won in almost 99 per cent. In Nigeria! For what?” he queried.