Ali Modu Sheriff, factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he is qualified to be the president of Nigeria.
Speaking when he appeared on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television, Sheriff said he has paid his dues in politics and can serve in the highest office in the land.
He described himself as a highly principled individual, saying he believes in democracy and the rule of law.
The former Borno state governor also denied ever promising to give the vice-president’s ticket to anyone.
“I have never told anyone that I want to be the president or run for the office of the president, but I have a right. I am a Nigerian qualified to be a president. Yes I have the right,” he said.
“I am a highly principled person. If as a founding father of the All Progressives Congress, I could walk out of the convention, then you would know that I am principled.”
Sheriff also denied the report that he had the intention of stepping down in 2018 in order to pick the party’s presidential ticket.
“It is a pure lie. Absolute fabrication, I didn’t discuss such with anybody. The party zoned the presidency to the north, and northern Nigeria is not for Ali Sheriff alone,” he said.