Senator Godswill Akpabio [Photo: Guardian Nigeria]

Niger Delta Affairs minister, Godswill Akpabio, has formally joined the presidential race slated for next year.

Mr Akpabio, a former Akwa Ibom State governor, declared his intention to seek the exalted position on Wednesday at an event in Ikot Ekpene area of the state.

His declaration comes few hours after Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State made similar pronouncement.