Speaking during a courtesy visit on Lamido in Dutse on Thursday, the interim APC Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, said that the party was on a rescue mission to save the country.
Akande said that APC was on a “recruitment drive” to woo Lamido to join the party.
“Our visit to Jigawa is about the future of this country and APC, as a party, is a fertile one that has place for Gov. Lamido.
“I am impressed by the governor’s developmental strides in the last six years, he is supposed to be among the progressive governors,” he said.
In his remarks, former Gov. Bola Tinubu of Lagos State described Lamido as “a reliable, resolute and courageous leader” who would bring good fortune to the party.
Also speaking, Gov. Raji Fashola of Lagos State said that Lamido “is a fearless leader” who the progressive governors would like to have in their midst.
In his response, Lamido said: “This visit is what I call family reunion. All those in the defunct SDP are here. We have been friends and partners. This single visit, more than anything else, shows that we can work together to save Nigeria.
“For General Muhammad Buhari to come here to woo me to APC shows that our leaders are concerned about Nigeria. The PDP is very very sick. It is time to put aside politics and nomenclature and unite around the common problem of the country.” He described the coming of the APC to Jigawa as the beginning of a long process that will test the will and political sagacity of everyone.
“We must work as leaders and put the country first. By the time we come together you must listen to us because of our experience. We will add value to you. The journey is difficult. I am still in PDP with my eyes wide open. When I see like minds I will work with them.”
The APC chieftains, who visited Lamido in Dutse, the Jigawa capital include former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former EFCC Chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu and Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.
Others are a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Alhaji Bello Masari, and former Gov. Alli Modu Sherif of Borno, among others.