The publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, on Tuesday, formally declared his intention to contest the February 14 presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
At the event held in Minna, the Niger State capital, the aspirant lampooned the three Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administrations since 1999, describing them as colossal failure.
He, however, promised that he would change the fortunes of Nigeria and prevent it from further decay and disintegration.
Mr. Nda-isaiah, 52, becomes the fifth presidential aspirant on the ticket of Nigeria’s main opposition party to declare their interest in the nation’s topmost political job.
The others are former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governors Rabi’u Kwankwaso and Rochas Okorocha of Kano and Imo State, respectively.
Among those at the declaration ceremony chaired by the Senate Minority Leader, George Akume, were party leaders such as Mr. Abubakar; Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi; former Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi; former Communication Minister, Audu Ogbeh; and Mohammed Danmole, who represented Governor Babatunde Fashola.
Mr. Nda-Isaiah told the mammoth crowd of supporters that Nigeria’s misfortune was obviously accelerated from the time the PDP came to power 15 years ago and that he was in the presidential race to correct the rots caused by the party’s administrations.
“People are afraid of sending their wards to boarding schools in parts of the country because their kids could be burnt alive in their dormitories; they are afraid to send their daughters to school because hundreds of them could be kidnapped at the same time and turned into sex slaves,” he said.
“There are many more who are afraid to go to church or mosque because they could be bombed out of existence”.
The aspirant noted that the ruling party had shown it is incapable of giving the country the best thereby forcing Nigerians to accept Mr. Jonathan’s incompetence as well as his failures as part of their destinies.
He further said the PDP has also proved to be totally incapable of presenting its best people to Nigerians by forcing the people to meekly accept Jonathan’s incompetence and his failures as our destiny and then continue with him.
Mr. Nda-Isaiah said corruption under the PDP government had reached extreme levels to the extent that the Federal Government was no longer able to give state governments and other government units their due allocations.
According to him, because of the ugly development, state governments could not longer pay workers’ salaries.
The aspirant, however, explained that he was not planning to rule the country because Mr. Jonathan was a bad president but because he wants to change the cause of history.
“I want to be President. I have come to offer that change that will change Nigeria forever. I do not seek to be President simply because Jonathan is not a good President. I want to be that President that will change the course of Nigerian history forever,” he said.