Former Minister, Dr. Saidu Balarabe Samaila Sambawa, an aspirant for the post of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Deputy National Chairman, on Thursday submitted his forms at the party's national secretariat, Abuja.
According to a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Sambawa Campaign Organization (SCO), Sambawa, who was a three-time minister, said he was inspired by the need to help uplift the PDP to greater heights.
"Sambawa believes that the PDP needs to be repositioned in line with President Umar Musa Yar'adua's seven point agenda," the statement said.
"It is only through the functional and faithful implementation of this agenda that our dear country will be able to achieve the Vision 20:20:20 which is designed to make Nigeria one of the 20 leading economies in the world by the year 2020."
It described Sambawa as an invaluable team player who has always firmly believed in the use of team work and functional networking to move the polity and society forward.
It said that Sambawa has received endorsements from notable politicians and party leaders from across the country through telephone calls, personal visits and letters.
The post of the Deputy National Chairman was zoned to the North-West geopolitical zone while the zone met and zoned it to Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
At a caucus meeting of the three States, the slot was unanimously zoned to Kebbi State, the home State of Sambawa.
Two other indigenes of the State, Dr Bello Haliru Mohammed, a former Communications Minister and retired Col. Bello Kaliel have also indicated interest in the position.
Dr. Sambawa was at one time the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Internal Affairs and Minister of Sports.