Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has finally announced his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kwankwaso’s declaration came despite setback caused by the denial of access to the Eagle Square in Abuja as venue for his formal declaration for presidency.
The facility managers had written Kwankwaso’s team, saying that the rally cannot hold at the Eagle Square because it would disrupte work flow at the federal secretariat.
Consequently, the senator relocated to Chida hotel in Utako-Abuja, where his followers massively came out to support him. It was a festival of red caps today at Utako.
“Today, I declare that I am going to vie for the office of President Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,” Kwankwaso said.
“I stand on my honour to offer a paradigm shift in leadership. There is no gainsaying that all is not well with the polity. It is also clear that the same mindset that created and escalated the problems cannot be used in resolving the ongoing crises in our nationhood and national development,” he added.
“I intend to offer positive change. Change has again become inevitable. To live is to witness changes because change is an inseparable part of living. Come May 2019, the narrative of helplessness, buck- passing, division, poverty, insecurity, and hopelessness must change to turn to a new dawn of confidence in building a one well restructured Nigeria.
“I assure you that while I do not have the prophetic power to predict the future, we certainly have in us the ability to create the future that we want.
“On this day, as I stand before you, I offer you a value-based leadership anchored on our national ethics as outlined in Chapter 2 of Section 23 of our Constitution.
“We will provide a leadership where everybody is free and equal; where Nigerians see themselves as Nigerians first and as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw, Ibibio, Fulani, etc second; where citizens are self-assured and self-assertive; where they are confident and competent; where they want to do what is right no matter whose ox is gored. I want to lead a Nigeria where people are educated and exposed beyond the confines of their tribe, religion, linguistic group or place of birth.
“I want to lead a Nigeria where citizens respect their leaders, and leaders lead and forge a team to promote and protect the interest of all Nigerians.
“I want to lead a Nigeria where all are comfortable anywhere and on any positive issue can compete fairly with their peers without favour or discrimination. That is the kind of Nigeria we envision. We will abandon the failed relics of the past. We have all it takes to make Nigeria good and relevant for all,” he noted.
Many top politicians including former Governor Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State, National Chairman of the Reformed APC, Buba Galadima; Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, a former Kano State Deputy Governor who resigned recently and many others also came out to support him.
Kwankwaso will contest the PDP presidential primary election against other political heavyweights like; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Governor Sule Lamido, Attahiru Bafarawa, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, Senator Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.