- As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Senate president, Bukola Saraki is considering throwing a shot at the presidency
- Saraki told Bloomberg that he's considering running for the highest political office in the country
- He will be running against the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, if he wins the PDP's primary ticket
Senate president, Bukola Saraki, is said to be considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
According to Bloomberg, Saraki said in an interview at his residence in Abuja: "I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change.
“The PDP has learnt its lesson from the loss in 2015, and I think unfortunately the APC did not learn from their victory.
"We have the opportunity with the right kind of presidential candidate and president to provide the leadership for the party. The party has a good opportunity to lead the country in the right direction.”
NAIJ.com notes that the Senate president said if he decided to run, he would run on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, he would have to win the PDP's primary ticket in October 2018, to run against the incumbent president.
Speaking on the siege laid to the National Assembly by security operatives on Monday, August 7, Saraki said: “If a government can go and lock up an arm of government - and it’s never happened in our history - we should all be very concerned. We should not be surprised that they would use security agencies for elections.”
Recall that Senator Saraki officially defected to the opposition party on Tuesday, July 31. He made the announcement on his official Twitter page.
Before then, there were speculations that Saraki may soon leave the APC following the defection of 13 lawmakers elected on the platform of the party to the Peoples Democratic Party and the African Democratic Congress.
Below is Bloomberg's headline:
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Senate president Bukola Saraki urged President Muhammadu Buhari as a matter of urgency to probe the siege laid to the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7 by the operatives of the Department of State Services.
Saraki in a tweet on Tuesday, August 14, said that the serious questions about the siege laid to the National Assembly could only be answered through a thorough and neutral investigation.
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