2019 elections: Former minister consults on presidential bid

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Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade (L) being presented with a branded T-shirt of "Sule Lamido for President" by (R) former Governor of Jigawa State/ PDP Presidential Hopeful, Alhaji Sule Lamido, during a courtesy call on Governor Ayade in Government House, Calabar.

A Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido has expressed his desire to run for Nigeria’s Presidential seat next year.

Lamido, who is also the former Governor of Jigawa state, expressed his intention during a courtesy call on Professor Ben Ayade, the Cross River State Governor in Calabar city.

The aspirant said that his intention for the country was to foster unity, heal divisive wounds and enshrine peaceful coexistence in the polity.

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade (L) welcoming former Governor of Jigawa State/ PDP Presidential Hopeful, Sule Lamido, (R) during a courtesy call on Governor Ayade in Government House, Calabar.

He said that the intention to contest the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was for better security, better economy and foster religious and ethnic tolerance as well as fight corruption.

“ I have the intellectual capacity to run this nation and will do what needs to be done to move Nigeria forward,” Lamido said.

The former Foreign Affairs Minister said: “When I become president, the issues affecting the nation in the area of job creation, food sufficiency, housing, health and education as well as other infrastructure challenges would be tackled vehemently to bring Nigeria greater prosperity.”

Governor Ayade described Sule Lamido as humane, people-friendly and a man of great character, “who turned Jigawa State into an Eldorado”, noting “if God favours you, I know you would do much more to enhance Nigeria’s unity, peace and progress.”

Ayade urged Lamido to remember Cross River if he becomes Nigeria’s President in 2019.