- Bukola Saraki says his decision to announce his intention to run was taken in good faith
- Saraki declares that he is ready to work closely with the youths of Nigeria
- He also says his 2019 presidential ambition is an encouragement to the younger aspirants in the PDP
Bukola Saraki, the president of the Nigerian Senate, has responded to a protest by the #NotTooYoungToRun and explained that he made his declaration for the 2019 presidential election in good faith and with consideration for the youths.
Saraki’s announcement of his intention to run had pitched him against the group which advocated for a younger PDP aspirant in line with the recently passed law.
In a statement released by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his special adviser on media and publicity on Friday, August 31, Saraki said his declaration was not intended to put the group or its leadership in an invidious position.
“It has been brought to our attention that the Not Too Young to Run group has issued a statement in relation to the announcement made by the president of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, whilst addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members and aspirants of the group.
“The occasion was first in a series of dialogues organised by the Not Too Young To Run along party lines. The first one is for young PDP aspirants. The subsequent ones are designed for the APC and other parties.
“It is true that the Not Too Young To Run leadership had no prior knowledge of the content of the Senate president’s remarks.
“However, the announcement by the Senate president that he intends to throw his hat into the ring to contest for the presidency was made in good faith to young PDP aspirants, partly as a symbolic act of encouragement.
“It was not the intent of the Senate president to put the group or its leadership in an invidious position.
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“The Senate president appreciates the contribution of the group to the development of our democracy and will continue to work closely with young people across the country in order to make Nigeria a better place for all,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigeria's Senate president, Abubakar Bukola 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.
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