How Sule Lamido helped me in 2011 — Jonathan

Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday that there is no feud between him and the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, contrary to insinuations in some quarters.

The president also said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to which both of them belong was proud of Mr. Lamido’s achievements, especially in the development of the infrastructure in the state.

There were speculations that Mr. Lamido was planning to run for president and would therefore oppose Mr. Jonathan’s bid for second term in office.

But speaking at an interactive forum in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital after commissioning the Dutse International Airport, the president praised the governor denied any friction with him and that there would never be one in the future.

“Sule Lamido is a man of his word,” Mr. Jonathan said. “In terms of what people say about frosty relationship, sometimes it is issues of interpretation.

“I remember reading one book sometimes ago where one philosopher said the disagreement between people is caused by when people use different words to describe different scenario or use different words to describe different thing.

“That will cause primary disagreement which will begin to expand. In some cases where people have problems if you go deeply you discover that it is not really a problem but it becomes a storm when people begin to hear.”

The president said Mr. Lamido played an important role in his election in the 2011 elections, noting “I assessed my governors then on how many scores I got during the primaries because if a governor means well for you, even if he is unable to control the total number of votes during the general elections, in the primaries which are party issues, which the governors have a control of about 70%, the governor controls what happens.”

Mr. Jonathan said until the delegate pattern was changed, the governors would continue to dictate what would happen.

According to him, going by the current delegate pattern for national elections, a state governor had control of about 70 percent.

He said, “I always tell our party that until we change our delegate pattern, the governors must dictate what happens. The present delegate we have for all national elections, any governor that is fit to be a governor have control of about 70% whether we like it or not.

“So if you don’t get up to 70% or 60% from a state, you know that that governor no matter what he says is not for you. In the general elections, the governor cannot control all the state. In the two options, Sule Lamido was totally committed. He is not somebody that talks from the two sides of his mouth. That is the good thing about Sule Lamido. He does not deceive himself or deceive you. I used to tell people I don’t have a problem with Sule Lamido.

“Even if there is a problem today, Sule Lamido is somebody I trust. He does not deceive. Let me reassure you that we have no problems; myself and Sule Lamido and definitely I will not have problems with the people of Jigawa state. All we have to do is to strengthen our relation more and more and work together.”

On the federal government projects in the state, the president said the government would continue to collaborate with the state government to improve on the development of infrastructure and other projects such as the Almajiri schools, the agricultural development and other sectors.

While commissioning the Dutse International Airport earlier, President Jonathan praised Gov. Lamido for building the facility and that it had added value to the state and Nigeria.

Describing an airport as an indispensable facility for business transaction, Mr. Jonathan said it would attract investments to Nigeria and generate jobs for the citizens.

Mr. Lamido, in his speech, said he was proud of the president’s transformation agenda, which he noted had made it possible for the governors in his party to render quality services to Nigerians.

He said he decided to work quietly for the transformation of the state rather than making noise.

“We are working silently for the interest of our people because we know what they need while those opposed to us are making noise. We will continue to stand by the people and try to meet their yearlings and aspirations,” he said.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, noted that it was only the governors of the party that had been providing dividends of democracy to their people by building seven airports since the advent of democracy in 1999.

He listed the states as Kebbi, Bauchi, Jigawa, Taraba, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa.

Mr. Muazu said it was not a coincidence that only PDP states had built airports in Nigeria, but that it was a sign that they knew what was good for the people and Nigeria.

The Minister of Aviation, Chidoka Osita, said the federal government was committed to making all airports in Nigeria safe and beneficial to the users.


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  • The Nationalst

    Airports are for the rich. How is that a measure of development ?. If there’s no commerce in the state the airport would be used only by government people. Create jobs or enable business and we would take you seriously. Which extra value have the airports in Kebbi, Bauchi, Jigawa, Taraba, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa added to the host communities ?

    • Jika

      Exactly my opinion.You have said it well.They build these airports for the comfort of their immediate families and,also as a way of stealing public funds.Will some one please tell these guys to concentrate on human capacity development?

  • the truth

    all we ask for, is continuous development of the country. We need stability, continuity and men who have the people and services as their true calling. God bless the federal republic of nigeria

    • Es3

      You got it right there!!!

      As opposed to those that APC’s evil propaganda have nullified their brains entirely, so badly that APC’s junks is all they go round to propagate!

  • @Amuwospeaks

    And paying him back with retirement before time is the best to pay good

  • Yemi

    Finally, the President is now conciliatory towards Sule Lamido. It’s election time. Hope Sule is not taken in by the President’s new found posture. Let him get a second term and he will surely bare his poisonous fangs on you and your children. We wait and watch! Ony time will tell! He has not forgotten the way you and others walked out on him at the PDP convention; he alluded to it in his meeting with the PDP governors two days ago.

  • ogogoro

    “I remember reading one book sometimes ago where one philosopher said
    the disagreement between people is caused by when people use different
    words to describe different scenario or use different words to describe
    different thing.”—

    Is this ogogoro talk or what? How can there be disagreement when “people use different words to describe different scenario…..”
    There may be disagreement when different people use different words to describe the SAME scenario!!!!!!.

    • Maria

      The man’s IQ is negative!

      • DecodeDaRiddle

        The philosopher na E.K. Clarke….published by Tompolo and Title is accidental discharge or verbal diarrhea, page is 419, edited by Asari and circulated in limited edition….hence no title, no author. Also the president doesnt want people to glean from his tree of “wisdom” so the aides will finally know he knows more than they do….enuf is enuf.

  • Maria

    ““I remember reading one book sometimes ago where one philosopher said the disagreement between people is caused by when people use different words to describe different scenario or use different words to describe different thing.” Dumbo doesnt read any book other than drinking ogogoro…ask him to tell you the book’s title or the author’s name… dumbo doesnt know!

    • Es3

      If he did not read, where in your mind do you think he got that from??? Or better still, you the “Reader”, can you Nigerians where that can be found that Jonathan did not read until you told him about at Dutse???!!!

      • Maria

        His hypothesis is a false… no right thinking person will write such rubbish in his book.

        • Es3

          For the hypothesis to be wrong to you, then you must have been expecting him to say that disagreement rises when two people use different words to describe the same thing, right?!

          Now and as Jonathan is said to have said (with a margin for the possibility of being misquoted here by Premium Times), is it now impossible for two people to disagree because they are not even talking about the same thing at a time when they were supposed to??? Or, is it impossible for two people to disagree because they are using different words to describe scenario 1, 2, 3, etc that they both are witnessed or know about; especially when such words are far apart (extreme ends) or misleading???!

          His hypothesis could only have been wrong if the possibility of such an occurrence is non existent, so small that it does not exist or being next to zero!!!

          Check again!

        • israel amulum

          Lecturer,with all your knowledge where are you?

          • Maria

            Cant you see me?

    • Busybody

      Coughing from laughter

  • Lala

    This President seems to be intellectually challenged. Sure this man was a university don? I pity his students o.

    • Christ the redemer

      your grossly insolence to the president. is baseless, detestable. because in your comment above you have failed to spelled out the grounds he is intellectually challenged. pls go and get yourself a job, rather than pouring insult to a highly revered personality like the president, of the federal republic of Nigeria.

  • HassanAbdullahi

    The main reason why Lamido is still in PDP is to get his children’s stolen assets cleared by EFCC

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  • Safiya

    We heard that Zulaihat Julatu Muhammad the wife of rd nuruddeen Muhammad is helping Sule Lamido to loot money out of Nigeria on a regular basis. God dey o!