Shekarau Writes PDP, Declares Intention to Contest for Presidency

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A former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, has indicated interest to run for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

His spokesperson, Sule Ya’u Sule, said Shekarau, who is also a former Governor of Kano State, sent a notification letter to the PDP of his intention to run.

The party’s spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, in a text message yesterday morning, confirmed that the party received Shekarau’s letter of interest.

Sule, according to News Rangers, said Shekarau has communicated his political ambition to various elders, community leaders, opinion leaders, political associates and religious leaders regardless of their ethnic and party affiliations.

“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.

In a letter which he was said to have personally signed and sent to one of his political associates, Hassan Indabawa, dated August 22, 2017, Shekarau said after the 2015 general election, there had been requests by individuals and groups from different quarters urging him to contest for the presidency in 2019.