Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed says he aspires to become the president of Nigeria in 2023 because of the interest of the Bauchi people.
The governor, while hosting labor leaders, media officials, traders and the provincial arts organization at a Ramadan dinner, explained why he had been absent from state functions.
Mr Mohammed said his move to run for the presidency of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election was to represent his country.
“It is not easy to be in all places at the same time but I am doing it for you because we have to put Bauchi on the map,” the governor told the gathering.
“There are some more eminently qualified people to do governorship and presidency in Bauchi. We hid behind for too long and it is time for us to accept with humility and present ourselves so that we can provide services to this country.”
The Northern PDP Elders Forum led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, on April 23, endorsed former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Mr Mohammed as the party’s northern consensus presidential candidates.
The Forum said its decision was based on certain criteria adopted in assessing the four presidential hopefuls from the North who presented themselves for the exercise.