President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has officially declared interest to contest for the number one seat in the country, joining the growing list of presidential aspirants under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The number three citizen of the country made this declaration on Monday in Abuja while receiving the N100 million APC nomination and expression of interest forms purchased on his behalf by a political group, National Stability Project, led by Chief Sam Nkire.
Nkire, a member of the National Caucus of APC and 15 other Senators, obtained the APC presidential nomination forms for the Senate President at the International Conference Centre venue of the sale of forms to APC aspirants.
In his acceptance speech, Lawan said he is fully ready to commit himself to the growing calls from several quarters in the country.
In his words, “I want to commit myself to this call from all walks of life. This is not my journey. This is our journey because every hand must be on deck to take the country to the next level.
“I will play the games by the rule. I will not circumvent any rule. I will not go against our party rules. I place my trust fully in the Almighty God on this journey.
The New Diplomat reports that Lawan becomes the 24th aspirant to pick the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms ahead of the party’s primary election.
Aspirants who had picked the forms are: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and Mrs. Uju Kennedy, the only female aspirant.
Others are Pastor Tunde Bakare, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Nicholas Felix, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, former Senate President Ken Nnamani, Minister of Labour and Productivity Chris Ngige and Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru.