He was speaking at an event he held in Utako, Abuja, which witnessed a massive turnout after the ex-Kano State governor was denied access to Abuja’s Eagle Square after earlier approval by the authorities.
Kwankwaso said: “ I am going to vying for the office of President Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, I stand on my honour to offer a paradigm shift in leadership. There is no gainsaying that all is not well with the polity. It is also clear that the same mindset that created and escalated the problems cannot be used in resolving the ongoing crises in our nationhood and national development,” he said.
The former governor further listed some critical aspects he intends to tackle, if elected.
These include security, economy, social challenges, infrastructure, human capital development and global competitiveness, education, among others.
“ Change has become inevitable because change is an inseparable part of living. Come May 2019, the narrative of helplessness, buck- passing, division, poverty, insecurity, and hopelessness must turn to a new dawn of confidence in building a well restructured Nigeria.
“ I offer you a value-based leadership anchored on our national ethics as outlined in our Constitution.
“We will provide a leadership where everybody is free and equal; where Nigerians see themselves as Nigerians first and as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw, Ibibio, Fulani and so on: where citizens are self-assured and self-assertive; where they are confident and competent; where they want to do what is right no matter whose ox is gored. I want to lead a Nigeria where people are educated and exposed beyond the confines of their tribe, religion, linguistic group or place of birth.