Ahead of the August 17 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali has joined the race for the position of the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party.
The enlarged meeting of PDP leaders that zoned various offices had reverted to the original format of the party that made provisions for two deputy national chairmen representing the North and South.
Prof Alkali, who was among the PDP leaders from the North that met in Abuja last Saturday where they threw their weight before the Port Harcourt convention, confirmed in a telephone interview that he has already collected the nomination forms from the temporary national secretariat of PDP.
He said he joined the race to add value to the leadership of the party after wide consultation with leaders and members of the party across the country.
Prof Alkali declared that there is urgent need for selfless members to join hands to reposition the party to put it in good stead to bounce back in 2019, especially now that it is apparent that Nigerians are already tired with the ruling APC.
Before his appointment as the Political Adviser to the former President, Prof Alkali was the former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP between 2008 and 2012.
He served two terms as the the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Minna.
Before he went into politics, the professor of political economy spent several years grooming young military officers in the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna.