Saraki who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress joins a host of other top politicians who have expressed interest in contesting for the presidency in 2019.
NAIJ.com presents nine important things Saraki said during his presidency declaration:
1. The choice we face in the forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are, or make a radical departure from the old ways
2. I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President
3. My Plan for Nigeria has inclusion in all aspects of the country’s affairs as a central pillar. Every citizen has the inalienable right to feel a sense of belonging, no matter their background or creed, or what part of the country they come from
4. I promise you that I will lead the fight and employ every God-given resource available to us in turning things around
5. I am determined to grow Nigeria out of poverty. We will stimulate the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as one of the ways of energising the economy and to create wealth for our people, especially the youth.
6. Nigerian youth will be given all the opportunities to realise their potential to the full within a national framework that guarantees inclusiveness.
7. My plan is to secure Nigeria by redesigning our national security architecture, while adequately equipping our security agencies to fulfil their primary role of protecting lives and property.
8. I will address our infrastructural deficit through aggressive financing initiatives including mutually beneficial PPP arrangements, regular floating of bonds and other financial instruments, which will ensure stable, adequate and reliable funding to see to the completion of core projects especially road, rail and power.
9. Ours will not be a selective fight against corruption. The emphasis will be on strengthening institutions, with a particular focus on deterrence. We cannot afford to compromise our institutions with proxy wars against perceived political opponents
NAIJ.com had reported that Nigeria's Senate president Saraki officially declared his intention to seek the office of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Saraki made the declaration on Thursday, August 30.
The Senate president made this declaration at Sheraton hotel where he met with young aspirants of the PDP.
In a statement made available to NAIJ.com, Saraki said that the choice Nigerians face in the forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are, or make a radical departure from the old ways.
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