Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido has expressed fear that General Muhammadu Buhari's victory at the presidential poll may have a bandwagon effect on the April 11 gubernatorial elections.
The governor spoke to State House journalists late Thursday night after paying a solidarity visit to President Goodluck Jonathan over the loss of his re-election bid.
Responding to a question on whether he was worried that there would be a spill-over effect of Buhari's victory on the forthcoming governorship polls, Lamido said: "There is a tendency of bandwagon effect, but it is up to us (PDP) to work very hard".
Asked if he agreed that Jonathan's loss was caused by the alleged failure of People's Democratic Party governors to work hard, Lamido said blame game would not change the situation.
"We won't go into blame game. In what way will this blame change the attitude of the crowd. Leadership is a very huge burden and it is normal for followership to stick in order to look at things from their own perspective", he said.
According to him, whoever becomes the president is a Nigerian president, not a president for a particular region.
"This is how I see this election, and thank Nigerians for standing for Nigeria", the governor said.
Lamido said not only had the People's Democratic Party (PDP) made very big mistakes, but it had also failed to properly manage its successes.
The governor, however, noted that the PDP had the capacity to bounce back to power. "I am sure, if you know the party's history, what it went through in the last 16 years; it has the capacity to bounce back. And more with the elections, with pains and the anger, PDP made some mistakes. I've been saying so, very costly mistakes and we have not been able to properly manage our successes", he said.
Lamido said though he was not happy that the PDP lost the presidential poll. the party (PDP) praised Buhari for defeating Jonathan.
The governor also stressed that the victory of the All Progressives Congress at the presidential election was not for Buhari, but for the country.
"To me, I don't think quitting PDP is the answer, and in any case, Nigerian people have said yes to the APC. They've spoken in very loud and unmistakable ways. The votes are very unambiguous and so, we respect their choice and their rights. And we praise Buhari for being able to take the ticket from the PDP even though I am not happy, but it is Nigeria that won, not Buhari. None of them lost, but Nigeria won", he said.
"And it is enough of the anxiety, enough of the worry and the fear in Africa. It was so intense you would not believe it as confirmed by the Chairperson of the African Union and other international friends who have called, thanking Nigeria for really saving Nigeria and also saving Africa. So, I also say thank you Nigeria for saving Africa and saving Nigeria", Lamido added.
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