Former Senate President David Mark on Tuesday declared his intention to contest the presidential election in 2019 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) as he picked his nomination form at the party ’s national secretariat , Abuja .
Mark, who spoke with journalists at the secretariat , described as unfortunate the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the 2018 Electoral Act amendment Bill , adding that the bill would have afforded the country an opportunity to remove the lapses in the previous elections . He promised to embark on restructuring of the country if given the opportunity , saying : “Irrespective of our political persuasions, it is incontrovertible that restructuring of the nation is an idea whose time has come .
In the same vein, former Governor of Plateau State , who is also a serving senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District , Jonah David Jang , has declared his intention to contest the presidential primary on the platform of the PDP .
Jang , who declared his intention to contest the presidential position at the PDP secretariat in Jos, the state capital , said : “I have come here to make history on behalf of myself , my family, the people of my constituency , Plateau State , the Middle Belt of Nigeria , and the entire nation . I have come to formally and officially announce my interest and decision to join the contest for the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming 2019 elections .
“The Middle Belt should be given the chance and supported in 2019 .”In another development , a group , Kaduna Women Network Consultative Forum , has said it will mobilise votes against President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) or any male candidate that emerges from the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) for the 2019 presidential election .
National President of the forum , Zulai Shehu Bello , while speaking with journalists on the sideline of a one- day sensitisation programme for women ahead of the 2019 elections on their decision in Kaduna , said women are natural leaders and , as such , would mobilise and cast their votes for any credible female candidate irrespective of party in the 2019 presidency .