Former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, has declared his intention to contest for the presidency in 2019 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Shekarau, who was also a former Minister of Education, has already notified the leadership of the PDP of his desire to contest for the highest position in the land.

It was gathered that Shekarau  used the opportunity of Tuesday's meeting of the party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to inform party leaders of his aspiration to lead the country in 2019.

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According to the Shekarau’s spokesman, Sule Ya’u Sule, Shekarau has also communicated his political ambition to various elders, community leaders, opinion leaders, political associates and religious leaders regardless of their ethnic and party affiliations.

Sule 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.

“Mallam 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.

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.

The party has zoned the presidency to the North.

This is not the first time that Shekarau will be eyeing the presidency. He was the presidential candidate of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) in the 2011 presidential election.


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