Former governor of Jigawa State and Peoples Democratic Party’s chieftain, Sule Lamido, has said that the New Nigeria Peoples Party and its presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has no political base.
When asked about the emergence of the NNPP and whether the party would affect the block vote that his party gets from the North, Lamido said, “Look, I don’t have time to discuss such political parties which emerged out of sheer opportunism, which four months ago were not known in Nigeria.
“How do you want me to start discussing it? How? I don’t think I’ll even dignify it by making my personal opinion on it. I have no time for that because it is a political party which I think came in handy for those who have no political base; that’s all. That’s their problem, not mine. I don’t want to discuss it.”
The former governor also said Labour Party’s Peter Obi, only enjoys the support of “fancy” youths on social media and is not known by real Nigerian voters.
He said, “You see, the youths believe in fancy; you see that in the social media and beyond the social media, there is what we call the local environment where if you are hanging, you have to be dropped. Go to Kano and mention him (Obi’s name). Go even to Anambra where he served as governor; go there and mention his name, or go to Benue and drop Obi or go to Lagos and mention his name there.
“You see, these are a younger generation moved by passion and fancy. It is what they fancy in their minds that they write (on social media). Many of them on social media, if you look at them in terms of percentage, how many are they? That they are also coming from a particular environment, their location, villages, local governments, and states, and some things define the political directions of those areas.
“For example, a boy who is from Sokoto and fancies Peter Obi, what does he do about Peter Obi in Sokoto beyond writing on social media and fancy? You see, I don’t want to be discussing names but then, you are compelling me.”