- Attahiru Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto state, says he will run for presidency in 2019
- Bafarawa reveals that he will contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- The former governor claims he brought President Buhari into politics
A former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa, has formally declared his intention to run for the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Daily Trust reports that Bafarawa claimed that he brought President Muhammadu Buhari into active politics.
Bafarawa reportedly told his supporters that he decided to throw his hat into the ring because of his love for the people.
“Politics is my profession. I am a grassroots politician spanning for over four decades.
“President Buhari is my student. I brought him into politics. I gave him ticket to contest when I was the national chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party. Therefore I know how to run the affairs of the country and the party," he reportedly said.
Bafarawa had earlier contested for the presidential election under the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).
According to him, the challenge Nigeria has is that its citizens allow unprofessional politicians to run democratic government.
He added that this was why there is total disregard for the manifesto of the party by political leaders.
The former governor said Nigerians were calling for restructuring because of the way the APC government was running the affairs of the country.
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He also revealed that he delayed his declaration despite calls from across the country because of the situation in the country and his party.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he would seek reelection in the 2019 presidential election.
The development was made public by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmed.
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