Former youth and sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi has declared his intention to run for the Kwara central senatorial seat.
Abdullahi made his intentions known on Monday when he paid a visit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki is from the senatorial district.
The seat is currently held by Yahaya Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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The former minister stated that he is running for the seat because 2023 represents an opportunity for Nigeria to “reset the clock.”
Citizens, he claims, can no longer afford the luxury of “incompetence and empty showmanship.”
“We can’t afford the luxury of incompetence, empty showmanship, ruinous partisanship, or suicidal indifference any longer.” This is the time for every citizen who has something to offer to speak up. “Our country urgently needs us,” he said.
“If elected senator, I will bring to our country’s legislative chamber a diverse range of experience as a journalist, civil society activist, development specialist, public servant, and a business owner.”
“I will use all of the talents and capacities that Allah has blessed me with to work with other patriots to build a better Nigeria for us all and a great country for the next generation.”
Abdullahi stated that he is qualified to lead because he has worked in the public sector for nearly two decades.
The former minister is now in charge of the Bolaji Abdullahi Mentorship Programme, which aims to empower Nigerian youth.