Former governor of Kaduna State Balarabe Musa has dismissed reports that he is nursing the ambition of contesting for the 2019 presidential election.

He told Independent that he had no ambition to contest in 2019 under his party, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) owing to his age.

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Musa said: “No, I have no ambition to contest the presidential election. I am now 82, and I am preparing to hand over before the 2019 election.

“I will have to hand over the party to a new and pragmatic leadership but I will make sure that I do not handover the party in disarray, I must make sure that the party stands a better chance of growth and advancement.

“We are not concerned with zoning the presidential ticket to the north just like PDP and APC. In fact, our concern is that the most capable Nigerian should fill that position.

“We are appealing to all sections of Nigeria to organise and make sure that a competent person leads the country as the President of Nigeria in 2019; it will be good for everybody whoever you are in Nigeria.”