Presidential aspirants under the All Progressives Congress keeps increasing daily as a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole also joined the list.
Bankole on Friday purchased his presidential expression of interest and nomination forms.
The development was confirmed by a close ally of the former Speaker, Malam Abdullahi Bayero.
Bayero in his statement sent to Punch said “we have picked the forms for the former Speaker.”
According to Bayero, the former Zamfara State Governor, Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, led the delegation that bought the forms on Friday.
There were claims last week that Bankole had concluded his consultations with key stakeholders across the country.
Bayero further stated, “Right Honourable Dimeji Bankole is in the race and he is contesting on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress. He has met with various stakeholders and their support is overwhelming, especially across the North. So, he is set to buy the APC nomination form next week.
“Many see him as someone who ticked all the boxes as far as having a young, smart, competent and patriotic president is concerned.
“Just like former military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, posited, Nigeria needs a young leader. I think there should be no debate over that even though the constitution did not stop old men from running for office.
“There are many northerners who believe Bankole is the right man to be supported, recalling how he handled the situation when then President Umaru Yar’adua took ill while in office. He is a candidate the North, indeed Nigeria as whole, can trust.”