Malam Ibrahim Shekarau Declares Presidential Ambition
A former governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has declared his intention to contest for the country number one seat comes 2019.
He said this in a letter made available to journalists on Monday, adding that he would be running for the presidency under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The former Minister of Education said that he had taken the decision to get his ticket under the PDP platform after due consultation and the clarion calls by his allies.
“Many of my political allies and friends and well-meaning Nigerians have been talking to me since 2015 to contest for the presidential seat and I think, this is the best time to do so,” Shekarau said.
“I strongly believe that the people are doing so out of their conviction of contentment and satisfaction based upon the modest successes recorded while I served as the Governor of Kano State (2003 to 2011), and also as a Minister of Education (July 2014 – May 2015).
“In response to these calls, and in view of the seeming intricacies and the boundless complexities involved in such a national assignment, I have consulted across the geopolitical zones and different interest groups, who examined and appraised the issue and advised me accordingly.
“I am pleased to say, based on these wide consultations, that I am better informed and convinced that participating in the democratic process of serving humanity goes beyond party affiliations/boundaries, and also beyond just winning an election.
“I have therefore decided to accept the clarion calls, and will in due course and in accordance with the guidelines of my party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), offer my humble self for the contest of the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the forthcoming 2019 general elections,” Shekarau said.