Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his belief that a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
He stated this at his residence in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, when members of the Sule Lamido National Campaign Council visited him on Saturday.
According to Sun, the former President described Lamido as “highly courageous”, and urged the presidential candidate to use his resources to unify the country, if elected.
He said: “Sule, you are somebody that is highly courageous, zealous, committed and experienced. You can perform wonderfully well, and I believe the next president that will take over from Buhari, God willing, will be from PDP and the task for him is to unify the country because Nigeria is now divided more than ever.
“In 2011, it was too difficult for a northern governor to speak about Buhari, but Sule you made a lot of meaningful political statements that really captured the minds of Nigerians and PDP supporters and you really sold the party to the people.
“I am always happy to listen to you, because you know the history of Nigeria’s politics. When I was Vice-President and later President, I went round Jigawa State to commission a lot of developmental projects. Jigawa witnessed a lot of wonders under your administration.
“I know you are somebody who believes in the unity and sanctity of one Nigeria and your political history, philosophy and ideology are all about leftism and humanism, not capitalism; I wish you well in all your consultations and campaign.”
In his response, Lamido, who expressed his intention to contest for the presidency on the PDP platform, thanked Jonathan for the support and expressed his determination to develop the nation if elected.