Sule Lamido, former Governor of Jigawa State, has disclosed why ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was picked as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 1999.
Lamido disclosed that the search of a true national leader who could appease the South West for the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections allegedly won by the late MKO Abiola led to Obasanjo’s emergence as president in 1999.
The former governor spoke at the 15th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, on Thursday.
According to Lamido, “Under June 12, my party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) won an election that was very transparent and we were all part of that process.
“We all worked for a very wonderful transition and had elections which were credible, open, and transparent but were annulled.
“Somehow, the west which produced the President was terribly aggrieved that their son, late Moshood Abiola, even though they never liked him, they only saw the fulfillment of their becoming President, which is something none of them has done.
“The annulment was seen as a ploy to deny a Yoruba man the opportunity of becoming President. Then Abacha came and we all know what happened. Those people who are now laying claim to a new found democracy were active participants in Abacha’s government.”