By Ezeocha Nzeh
Former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, has formally joined the 2019 presidential race.
Also, former Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, has announced his presidential ambition.
Hagher announced his “plan, determination and focus to rescue Nigeria from imminent descent to a failed state status based on education, restructuring, modern infrastructure and human development at a pace befitting of a modern state.
Gana declared that President Muhhamdu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had failed and performed short of the expectations of Nigerians since the three years of the APC administration.
Gana, who addressed the Social Democratic Party (SDP) National Working Committee (NWC) members on Thursday in Abuja, where he declared his intention to contest for the 2019 presidential election on the SDP platform.
He regretted that rather than the positive change that was promised Nigerians by Buhari during his campaign in 2015, the citizens had been visited with killings, death, hunger, insecurity and impunity, warning that Nigeria will be facing an existential threat in the proportion comparable to the end of Biafra war, if President Buhari is allowed to return in 2019.
The former minister, who expressed sadness on the level of crippling uncertainty everywhere in the country, noted that the present government had shown incompetence and lack of capability to turn around the drifting country. He also warned of an impending implosion in the country, if President Buhari returns for second term.
The founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who recently pitched tent with the SDP pointed out that apart from insecurity which has rendered human life brutish, short and nasty in the country, the asymmetrical war on corruption by the present government has continued to promote ethnic decadence.
“Being a patriotic and committed democrat, who has carried a burden for the rapid development of our far nation for decades, I am deeply concerned at the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless our great party comes to the rescue with a God fearing, dynamic, untainted and credible leadership.
“Nigeria is facing an existential threat, the seriousness and proportion of which have never been witnessed since the end of the war,” he said.
Hagher, a former university teacher and Senator said that he had arisen “to offer Nigeria a new leadership that is built on national unity and cohesion, justice and peace.”
He added that “the Hagher presidency will for the first time give women parity in all federal appointments, accelerate growth and development of our human resources to provide training employment and productivity.”
Dr Ishaq Abdul Ahmed, the Deputy National Chairman of SDP, who represented the National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, promised that the party would be transparent in its conduct of a free and fair primary. He urged the two aspirants to intensify membership drive for the party to ensure that it emerges victorious in the forthcoming elections.