By Najib Sani, Bauchi
A Bauchi based political organization, G37 Group, said it would organize a fund raiser to generate N50 billion for the 2019 presidential campaign of a former Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.
Addressing journalists on Thursday shortly after group’s meeting held at the Awalah Hotel in Bauchi, the convener, Usman Yusuf, explained that group was formed with the objective of championing a ‘Save Nigeria national crusade’ with 2019 election in focus.
He said the group observed that Mr Lamido is the best material for president come 2019 general election.
It appealed to people to rally round the former governor who, it noted, would salvage the country from its economic doldrums and strangulation when eventually elected.
While describing Mr Lamido as an experienced, detribalized, polished and versatile politician to reckon with, Mr Yusuf opined that with the former governor as president in 2019, Nigerians will witness unprecedented changes in the political history of the country.
The group recalled the role Mr Lamido played as PRP youth leader in the old Kano state, saying it culminated in the victory of the party in 1979 elections in Kano and Kaduna States.
It said his election into the Federal House of Representatives was a testimony to his political acumen.
”Lamido similarly played significant role under the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, that saw the emergence of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae aspiring for the presidency, as he also left indelible marks in the annals of foreign service as a minister under the Obasanjo presidency.
“One needs not venture into Lamido’s governorship tenure in Jigawa state that witnessed revolutionary and unprecedented transformations in almost all sectors of human endeavours, a feat that launched Jigawa into comity of forerunner states in the federation,” said the group.