Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Tuesday said he is still a card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and that his recent visit to Governor Rotimi Amaechi was to discuss the need for campaign officials to jettison smear campaigns as they sell themselves to the electorate.
Mr. Lamido made the declaration at a PDP governorship rally in Kaugama, Kaugama Local Government Area, Jigawa.
The governor made the declaration against insinuations that he would ditch the party for the All Progressives Party [APC] following his meeting with Rivers Governor Amaechi.
Mr. Lamido said that he was a PDP member and would intensify campaign for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan and other candidates of the party.
He said he had cautioned Mr. Amechi on the dangers associated with smear campaigns among politicians, which was inimical to the growth of democratic governance in the country.
“If Amaechi, a Southerner and a Christian is campaigning for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC; I do not see any wrong for me, a northerner and Muslim to campaign for President Jonathan.
“Leadership comes from God. And in his divine wisdom made people of northern and southern extraction to live in one land, our dear country, Nigeria.
“We are one and we should not allow some disgruntled elements using politics, religion and ethnicity to cause disaffection among our people.
“Ignore what they are saying; it is frivolous and cheap lies to deceive voters.
“They said I do not care for the north and called me a pastor, but it does not bother me,” Mr. Lamido said.
He said the founding fathers had fought for the nation’s independence irrespective of creed or religious affiliations. and therefore, Nigerians should unite for peace and progress of the country.
The governor advised the electorate to vote for credible and patriotic leaders, who would render selfless service and move the country forward.
“You should not be deceived by the smear campaigns. Vote for credible people, those who respect human rights, ensure accountability and transparency in governance.
“I advise you to vote wisely,” he said, adding that the PDP led-administration had brought positive development in the country in the last 16 years.
Also speaking, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state, Aminu Ibrahim, pledged to consolidate on the feat achieved by Mr. Lamido’s administration.