Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Mr Dankwambo said he will seek the position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He made the declaration at the Government house, Gombe, on Saturday, during a meeting with party officials led by the deputy national chairman, Babayo Gamawa, elders and delegates from the six states of the North-east zone.
While addressing the party officials, Mr Dankwambo said he accepted the call of the people across the country to run next year for the top post.
He said he decided to contest to “consolidate on the gains of democracy and save the country from hunger and starvation”.
Mr Dankwambo said the north east zone was long due for the presidency, saying its last shot was the regime of late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
“We have been consulting and seeking the support of other zones to produce the next president of the country in 2019,” he said.
According to him, the zone needs to present a candidate with a formidable track record of achievement in both security and economy which he said the administration of Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigeria woefully.