Senate President Bukola Saraki has finally declared his intention to contest the presidency in the 2019 elections.
He made his declaration at the #NotTooYoungToRun Public Dialogue on Youth Candidacy in 2019, where he was a keynote speaker.
At the event, which held at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday afternoon, Saraki met with young politicians and aspirants interested in running for public office.
Speaking on the state of the nation, he said: "We need a new generation of leaders".
Declaring his intention, he said: "Taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President."
"Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians."
He noted that: "Every citizen has the inalienable right to feel a sense of belonging, no matter their background or creed, or what part of the country they come from. No matter who you voted for or what your convictions are, government must work for you."