- Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the chief of staff to the Senate president says as long as President Buhari decides to re-contest in 2019, Saraki will not contest against him
- Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre describes the Anambra election as one of the worst governorship elections conducted in the country
Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the chief of staff to Bukola Saraki, has said the Senate president will not run against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election out of respect.
Baba-Ahmed made the statement on Saturday, November 18, during a weekly Hausa Programme aired on DITV/Alheri Radio monitored in Kaduna by Daily Trust.
He said as long as the president decides to re-contest the position, Saraki will not contest against him.
"There is no way Senator Bukola Saraki will contest for president in 2019 as long as President Buhari will contest. This I know very well because I work with him and I should know that," Baba-Ahmed stated.
"But if President Buhari says he will not re-contest the position, that is a different case. The Senate President will not contest against President Buhari because he sees and respected him as a father.
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"The same thing happened in 2011 and 2015 if you remember. Saraki declined to contest against him; instead, he joined others to work for the success of the President in the 2015 elections."
Meanwhile, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) has described the Anambra election held on Saturday, November 18 as “one of the worst” governorship elections conducted in the country since the return of democracy in 1999.
NAIJ.com gathered that the PLAC executive director, Clement Nwankwo, said this during a chat with journalists in Awka, the state capital.
He said contrary to how elections should be conducted, the poll was marred by various forms of vote-buying antics.
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