In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interest to serve. Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has finally owned up to the accusation that he betrayed his fellow governors with whom he formed the group of seven governors (G7) under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lamido stated this at the national headquarters of the PDP after he emerged from a meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
When confronted with accusation of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Lamido, said:
“I am a betrayer, confirmed. I betrayed them. I did, yes. I am aligning myself to what he said. I am aligning my answer to what he said. Go and find out from him.”
Governor Kwankwaso had accused Lamido of betraying five other governors who defected to the APC in 2013 following irreconcilable differences with President Goodluck Jonathan and the party leadership under former national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Kwankwaso who identified Lamido as the leader of the G7 governors said Lamido and Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, were part and parcel of the move to leave PDP but failed to do so with others.
Out of the seven governors, Governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara) and former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako moved to the APC.
Governors Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido however refused to join the APC.
On the exit of President Olusegun Obasanjo from the PDP, Lamido said “You have a father and a son, you do not come between a father and a son. You do not go out in the open to insult your father, it is our business, so leave it. You are not his own son, he is our own father, so leave us a lone please.”
On whether he is still consulting for subsequent defection, Lamido said, “You see, sometimes you people have to listen to mischief. Ameachi and I are very good friends and colleagues, PDP or no PDP as Nigerians. So if Amaechi comes to me, we have to look at issues pertaining to this country.”