Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State on Saturday in Abuja picked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nomination and expression of interest form to re-contest the governorship position in the 2015 general elections.
Mr. Yero was accompanied to the national headquarters of the party by his deputy and members of the state House of Assembly.
Others present at the occasion were PDP senators from the state, 22 of the 23 local government chairmen in the state, members of the state executive council and other party leaders.
Mr. Yero assumed the governorship position in Kaduna State following the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa in a helicopter crash on December 15, 2012.
The state’s Director of Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, who spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the event, said Mr. Yero’s decision to re-contest the position was based on calls by stakeholders in the state.
Mr. Maiyaki said that though the state had its challenges, it had done very well under the leadership of Mr. Yero.
He said the governor since assumption of office had positively transformed the different sectors of the state`s economy.
The governor, he said, had completed most of the projects initiated by his predecessor and had given scholarship to indigent students to study abroad.
Mr. Maiyaki expressed optimism that Mr. Yero would be returned by the electorate in 2015.
Should Mr. Yero eventually emerge as the PDP candidate, his major challenger could be Nasir El-Rufai, a former Abuja minister, who has declared his intent on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.