Former spokesman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bolaji Abdullahi has declared his intention to run in the Kwara state gubernatorial election in 2019.
Concise News recalls that the form APC spokesman previously stated his ambition during the annual Sallah get together at his house in Ilorin, however, on Wednesday at Arca Santa Arena in Ilorin he declared officially that he was going to contest the governorship election.
The former minister for youth and sports will run on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party.
Mallam Abdullahi defected to PDP from the ruling All Progressives Congress in August, a day after Senator Bukola Saraji defected.
The former minister is known as a key ally to the Senate president Bukola Saraki, defecting to APC alongside him in 2014.
Mallam Abdullahi claimed one of the reasons he left the ruling party was because his loyalty was constantly brought into question and the constant second-guessing of his views due to his political affiliations.
He also resigned his role as the Chairman of the Nigeria Sugar Development Council few days after his defection.
Abdullahi will contest against the Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly, Honourable Ali Ahmed, who has indicated his interest to contest for governor in 2019, also on the PDP platform.
Concise News learned that the Kwara Assembly Speaker submitted his expression of interest and nomination form on Tuesday at the PDP National Secretariat.