Professor Jerry Gana, the information minister in the government of Olusegun Obasanjo, has declared his interest to seek election as president of Nigeria in 2019 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Premium Times reports that Gana declared his interest in a letter to the SDP on Thursday, 12, saying Nigeria was facing a threat of war with the level of crippling uncertainty everywhere in the country.
According to him, the current government has shown 'incompetence and lack of capability' to turn around the country around.
“Being a patriotic and committed democrat, who has carried a burden for the rapid development of our far nation for decades, I am deeply concerned at the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless our great party comes to the rescue with a God fearing, dynamic, untainted and credible leadership.
“Nigeria is facing an existential threat, the seriousness and proportion of which have never been witnessed since the end of the war.
“There is crippling uncertainty everywhere. People are suffering unprecedented and untold hardships as a result of arrested development. Insecurity that has rendered human life brutish, short and nasty is rampart across the zones, states, communities and villages.
“Asymmetrical war on corruption is fueling further ethnic decadence, while anxiety, unpatriotism and poverty have coalesced into a creepy epidemic of self doubt.
“In all of this, the current leadership of the nation, at the highest level of government, seems unconcerned, incompetent or incapable of turning around the drift,” he said in the letter.
Gana said further: “I have maintained integrity, competence, character, capacity and respect to public office. These opportunities and exposure added to the fact that I have widely traveled across the length and breadth of the nation, many times by road, I have a front row understanding of our country, as well as the wealth of experience have definitely placed me in a most very vantage position, for above several others, to rework Nigeria and deeply renew the hope of the people in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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“Having consulted and affirmed by my family, local community, friends and a cross-section of eminent citizens and stakeholders across the core national divides of ethnicity, religion and regions, I am convinced that this is the fit time for me to offer for this national assignment on the platform of our great party.”
The report said Ishaq Abdul Ahmed, the deputy national chairman of SPD, who represented the national chairman, Olu Falae, reportedly called Gana an asset to the SDP.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the crisis rocking the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn as three former ministers led an exodus of top members of the party.
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