The 72 year-old former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has joined the 2019 presidential race and will seek the ticket of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Gana, who purchased the presidential nomination form of the SDP for N1m at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday, said he decided to run because the All Progressives Congress (APC) under President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to show leadership.
The SDP is a member of the coalition of opposition political parties that signed a MoU with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a bit to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
“With the utmost sense of responsibility and honour, I hereby express my well-considered interest to aspire as the presidential candidate of the SDP, with a view to ultimately contest in the forthcoming presidential elections in 2019.
“Being a patriotic and committed democrat who has carried a burden for the rapid, effective and even development of our dear nation for decades, I am deeply concerned with the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless our great party comes to the rescue with a God-fearing, dynamic leadership.
“Nigeria is facing an existential threat, the seriousness and proportion of which have never been witnessed since the end of the civil war,” he said.