A former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, has declared his intention to run for president in 2019.
He also lambasted the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for “failing to live up to its promises to Nigerians.”
The former minister said this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing journalists and supporters at the national secretariat of the Social Democratic Party where he went to purchase the N1m expression of interest form.
He said the tension in the country has not been this intense since the end of the civil war in 1970.
Gana said, “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.”
The former minister promised to effectively tackle the security challenges in the country if voted into office.