2019: Shekarau writes PDP, declares intention to run

Ibrahim Shekarau

A former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, has indicated interest to run for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

His spokesperson, Sule Ya’u Sule, said Mr. Shekarau, who is also a former Governor of Kano State, sent a notification letter to the PDP of his intention to run.

The party’s spokesperson Dayo Adeyeye, in a text message this morning confirmed that the party received Shekarau’s letter of interest.

Mr. Sule said Mr. Shekarau has communicated his political ambition to various elders, community leaders, opinion leaders, political associates and religious leaders regardless of their ethnic and party affiliations.

“Malam Shekarau deliberately refused to make his ambition public because he does not want the relevant stakeholders to read it for the first time on the pages of newspapers. He first notified them before making it public. He is now making necessary consultations,” he said.

In a letter which he was said to have personally signed and sent to one of his political associates, Hassan Indabawa, dated August 22, 2017, Mr. Shekarau said after the 2015 general elections, there had been requests by individuals and groups from different quarters urging him to contest for the presidency in 2019.

Prior to this, former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, also sent a letter of notification PDP leaders and members on his interest and readiness to run for presidency in 2019.

The party has zoned the position to the north. Despite this, governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state in South-west Nigeria had declared interest in the position noting the aparthy (to declare) of prospective Northern candidates as one of the reasons for throwing his hat into the ring.


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  • Usher- Join The Revolution

    The man who introduced sharia to Kano! The reason kwankwaso was voted out 2003 because he refused the sharia movement then. The first thing this shekau did in office was to bring in the sharia….

    • Gary

      Thanks guys…this is civics and democracy in action. We must objectively put all we know about any candidate for any office into the glare of public scrutiny. So that the people are adequately educated about their antecedents.
      You cannot be a Sharia advocate and expect non-Moslems and secularists to trust you with their votes for the Presidency of Nigeria. Shariah led to the Boko Haram insurgency and the plague of Buhari’s Islamist extremism that we are now confronted with.

    • Pluti

      Y’all stop this sharia introduction stuff, sounding like you’ve got no choice. Sharia cannot get to south south and you can’t impose religion on Nigerians. Nigerians might be dumb slow about rejecting bad leaders but religion is not imposed on people, besides these old hags are not qualified to be candidates of a youthful Nigeria

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    A man who admitted his house was used to share billions of “Armsgate funds” (he said he excused himself from the sitting room during the exercise) that was diverted from the Boko Haram operations by PDP elite thieves is announcing a run for the presidency because Nigeria’s leadership class is a bunch of pillaging crooks. What a shame that a once-promising land is now head-locked by a band of robbers!

    • Saburi

      that is one of the best northerners that PDP can produce

      • Usher- Join The Revolution

        Haha….we don’t need any sharia president.

  • chinedu

    This was the man that convinced me enough to earn my vote in 2007 as the ANPP presidential candidate. I was moved by his performance in the presidential debate and the ability to keep peace in Kano state throughout his administration time. I thought we had a candidate with the needed mental and psychological skills to pilot Nigeria to a greater height. One wouldn’t know if the man still has those qualities that endeared him to people like me.

    • Usher- Join The Revolution

      Don’t trust any mallam.

      • MilitaryPolice01

        Push aside those sentiments.. I have many ‘Mallams’ as friends and associates, I can truthfully assure that they are more trustworthy than many hypocrites I see every Sunday at Church shouting hosanna while eyeing the ushers backside.

  • Mani_Kay


    1. Ibrahim Dankwambo – Governor of Gombe State – Presidential Candidate
    2. Peter Obi/Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Vice Presidential Candidate
    3. Jimmy Agbaje – National Chairman

    • Gary

      Oya, defend your choice of these people. Many of us still don’t know much about Mr. Dankwambo or his antecedents. The people of his state should tell us more if his performance qualifies him to run for higher office.

      • MilitaryPolice01

        I am currently running some research on Dankwambo and his performance. He has done well in Gombe and he is loved by his people. Additionally, he did well monetary reforms wise as AG Federation.

    • aisha ani

      No one wants recycled politicians. If Mimiko becomes PDP chairman, the party has no prayer.

  • Shahokaya

    Here is what one of Shekarau’s men wrote on his declaration:

    His Excellency,
    Malam Ibrahim Shekarau Sardaunan Kano
    No 8, Mundubawa Avenue, Kano


    This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated August 22, 2017 in which you intimated me, among others, on your intention to once again contest the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. In so doing, you highlighted some reasons, especially the several calls you claimed to have been made by some individuals and groups from many quarters, nationwide, urging you to contest for the Presidency. Similarly, you claimed to have made some wide consultations across “all the geo-political zones” by which you became convinced and thus accepted the “clarion calls” to embark on the contest to vie for the nation’s highest office come 2019. You concluded your letter by soliciting for my “advice/guidance” while recognizing my efforts to bring about the “desired socio-economic change amongst our people”. I am certain that your motive to write me stemmed from the fact that, you believed I have something positive to offer, while you quite knew that as your former aide, and having had an opportunity to work and closely relate with you, I must have an uncommon grasp of both your private and public personality. It is this belief, and the fact that as you always say, whatever one does, there is a day that one will stand somewhere and account for all that one has done that, I intend to offer you a sincere and honest advice. Though you may find some of my observations uncomplimentary and may even sound acerbic, but I would rather sound brutally frank than resort to sycophancy.

    The reason you proffered that your “successes” as the Kano State Governor (2003 – 2011) may be the justification why some people clamored for you to vie for the Presidency, is in all sincerity, too simplistic, self-serving and subjective. While it is true that some successes had been recorded at some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), one would note however that heads and chief executives of those MDAs were more the reason behind the success story than any personal drive of you as the governor. The outstanding performances of Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Justice, Health Services Management Board (HSMB) and KNARDA are all illustrative. Tamburawa Water works still remains the most impressive edifice of your administration, mainly due to the honesty, personal commitment and incorruptible nature of Malam Salihu Sagir Takai. On the other hand, Ministry of Education, Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB) and State Basic Education Board (SUBEB) still evoke an embarrassing stinking stench of wastages and ineptitude. The earlier successes recorded by SUBEB, in particular, was later retarded through neglect and ineptitude after you appointed a woman politician to head the agency during the tail-end of your administration. She ended up spending most of her days attending to her face by doing a make-up rather than facing the challenges of her office thus allowing the sector to rot. To fully understand this theory is to compare the role played by Ngozi Okonja Eweala, as a finance minister, during Olusegun Obasanjo era and her later sojourn in President Goodluck Jonathan administration. While her performance during Obasanjo was remarkably impressive due to the personal drive, charisma and passion of the President, she was however a shadow of her former self while serving under President Jonathan. To assert, therefore, that people are calling you to vie for the presidency out of their conviction of “contentment and satisfaction” based upon the so-called successes recorded by you as the Governor of Kano State, is not only misleading but self-serving. Still on your performance as the Governor of Kano State, those of us who have had the opportunity to study you at close quarters, still found it shocking while recalling how you spent hundreds of millions of public funds financing your private annual religious tourism. It is very sad and horrendous display of profligacy on your part, occupying a $10,000 per night suite during your stay at Makkah Hilton every year of your administration. Nigeria do not deserve a self-indulgent and wasteful leader.

    Another horrifying and embarrassing misappropriation of resources by you, while you were the State Chief Executive, was how you spent over N3bn over the years to purchase SUVs and other luxury cars as gifts to friends and cronies. No any sensible, responsible and conscientious leader would ever consider such a wasteful dissipation of public funds. Another puzzling aspect of your political misadventure is your inexplicable desire to contest an election against President Muhammadu Buhari. The woeful attempt in 2011 is still fresh in our minds. While General Muhammadu Buhari scored 12,214,853 votes under the platform of CPC, you barely garnered 917,012 votes for ANPP. Even in Kano State, where you held sway for eight uninterrupted years, you were able to score 526,310 votes against Muhammadu Buhari’s 1,624,543 votes. In short, in your home state of Kano, you were only able to record 19% of the votes casted against GMB’s 59%! In fact, looking at your political trajectory would reveal an obvious political climb-down. Your stature, personal honor and political relevance are nose-diving in a dizzying speed. Only you and your persona, fails to realize this. Forget about what the third-rate politicians and the charlatans surrounding you would say to you. You should know better if you can allow the better part of you to judge. Another amazing display of naivety is your apparent exhibition of confidence that your Party, the People’s Democratic Party, the PDP, would nominate you to contest the election as its candidate. What made you believe that the Party and its Leadership would so soon forget the ignoble role played by some of its members, including you, in its defeat during 2015 General Elections? It is very hard to believe that former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as the Leader of the Party, would forget how you failed to deliver after collecting humungous amount of money and yet the Party suffered an unprecedented electoral defeat in Kano State. The scandalous sharing of N950m in your residence, on the eve of 2015 election is still much afresh in people’s mind that a political song, capable of attaining Magnum Opus was rendered in memory of your invidious sanctimony. Equally unforgiving is how you personally collected another N750 million from Jonathan barely 48 hours to the presidential elections and yet, while PMB scored almost 2million votes in Kano, Goodluck Jonathan, in spite of your false hopes and empty promises, was able to score a paltry 215,779 votes!

    For you, now to announce your intention to contest the Presidential seat, former President Jonathan and the rest of PDP leadership would naturally assume that you deliberately undermined the party in the last elections, by stashing away the campaign funds, and now set to bring out the loot to promote your personal ambition. With all these unforgettable displays of deficit in personal honor and integrity, I wonder how PDP would even consider fielding you as its candidate. This is more instructive as any candidate the party should consider to nominate ahead of 2019, considering the incumbent, must have an unassailable personal integrity, good reputation, impeccable character, honesty and sincerity. Nigeria, at the moment, as we all know, is at a critical stage of its socio-economic cum political evolution. The country therefore needs a purposeful leader who is selfless, honest, frugal, sincere and visionary. If we must be sincere to ourselves, we cannot afford to even contemplate the possibility of ending up with a misfortune of having a dishonest person, self-centered, insincere, deceitful, incompetent, profligate and sanctimonious — which unfortunately you all personify. In conclusion, I will further advice you to shelve your plan of another misadventure, of which much resources, both material and otherwise will be wasted in futility. In its stead, it will do you more good to make use of your remaining earthly life by making amends with God by seeking His forgiveness for several anguishes you caused many out of your selfish pursuit to satisfy a personal self-indulgence! Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.

    Malam Hassan Sani Indabawa
    Former SA (Research and Documentation)

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Damn that was a blow.

    • aisha ani


  • Adams Oloreofe

    Many of these guys have nothing to offer. Well he has only made his intention known. There is no candidate as qualified as Atiku at the moment. My opinion though!