Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, on Tuesday openly accepted that he betrayed the five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC), but said he did so in the overall national interest.
Also, Lamido who had a private discussion with the national chairman of PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, on the exit of the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo from the party, urged Nigerians to allow PDP settle its feud with Obasanjo in the manner of 'a father and son family relationship'.
The Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwankwanso, had described Sule Lamido as a betrayer for his refusal to defect to the APC with other five governors.
The governors of Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Kano and Adamawa states had defected to APC but the governors of Jigawa and Niger state refused to defect along with them.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Sule Lamido who was asked to respond to the charge by Governor Kwankwanso that he is a betrayer, said, "I am a betrayer, confirmed. I betrayed them. I did, yes. I am aligning myself to what he said. I am aligning my answer to what he said; go and find out from him."
On his trouble-shooting with the PDP on the exit of Obasanjo from the PDP, the Jigawa State governor said: “You have a father and a son, You do not come between a father and a son. You do not go out in the open to insult your father. It is our business, so leave it. You are not his own son, he is our own father, so leave us alone please.”
Lamido, who confirmed that he and the governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, are friends, however, ruled out defecting to the APC.
He said: “You see, sometime it is sheer mischief to say that I would be defecting to the APC. Amaechi and I are very good friends, PDP or no PDP, we are Nigerians. How can I go to APC.
The Jigawa State governor has been having series of meeting with the PDP leadership on how to resolve the crisis between the party and Obasanjo which culminated in the exit of the former president from the PDP.
Tuesday’s meeting was the second in the series. Lamido and Mu’azu had held a meeting in the latter’s private residence last Thursday.