72-year-old former minister declares ambition for 2019 presidential election

Gana lambasted President Buhari for failing to fulfil promises made to Nigerians.

The race for the 2019 presidential seat is heating up, as another septuagenarian and a Former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana declares ambition to contest.

Gana, 72, was the Minister for Information under Ernest Shonekan and later, under President Obasanjo’s administration.

He lambasted President Buhari for failing to fulfil promises made to Nigerians.

Gana said in Abuja on Thursday, “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 contesting in the forthcoming Presidential election 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.”

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