Former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, has formally declared his intention to run for the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Bafarawa, who spoke at his residence in Sokoto at the week end, said that as a professional politician, he is in good position to know the major challenges of the country and how to find solutions to them.
“Politics is my profession. I am a grassroots politician spanning for over four decades.”
He told his supporters that he decided to contest because of his love for the people and that he delayed his declaration despite calls from across the country because of the situation in the country and his party.
The one-time presidential candidate of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), said that the problem of Nigerians has been to allow unprofessional politicians to run democratic government, apparently referring to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“President Buhari is my student. I brought him into politics. I gave him ticket to contest when I was the national chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party. Therefore I know how to run the affairs of the country and the party.
“Nigerians are calling for restructuring because of the way APC government was running the affairs of the country.”