Former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, has declared his intention to contest for the presidency in 2019 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the Shekarau’s spokesman, Sule Ya’u Sule, the former Minister of education has notified the leadership of the PDP and other stakeholders of the party of his desire to contest for the highest position in the land.
He said the secrecy hitherto surrounding his principal’s ambition was to make room for due process in informing the relevant stakeholders before making it public.
“Malam Shekarau deliberately refused to make his ambition public because he does not want the relevant stakeholders to read it for the first time on the pages of newspapers. He first notified them before making it public. He is now making necessary consultations,” he said.
Buzzing PDP: PDP seems to be where most of the buzz is happening these days. The party is marching on with plans to hold a convention this December where it is expected to elect new party exco. In comparison, the APC has just announced that it would be unable to hold its convention this year. The ruling party has not held a convention since 2014, whereas it’s constitution mandates one every two years.
Also, Shekarau becomes the third person to express his desire to contest for the presidency on the platform of the PDP following declarations by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido. In comparison, no candidate has officially declared within the ruling PDP, although there have been signs in recent weeks pointing to a desire to run by both Pres. Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.