- The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has kick-started his presidential campaign
- The former Kwara state governor, chose the northwest and northeast zones to start his mission to occupy Aso Rock
- The delegations were led by Senators Ubali Shittu (northwest) and Isa Hamma Misau (northeast)
Ahead of his arrival in the northeast and northwestern states, the advance campaign teams of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, have arrived in the zones to meet with party stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com gathered that the delegations were led by Senators Ubali Shittu (northwest) and Isa Hamma Misau (northeast).
According to a statement by Saraki's spokesman, Yusufu Olaniyonu, the delegation will be engaged in multiple meetings across the seven northwestern states, and the six northeastern states.
“The Senate president himself will soon lead a team consisting senators, members of the House of Representatives, former governors and top politicians on tour of the two zones as part of his efforts to secure the nod of PDP delegates in the October 6, 2018 national convention,” part of the statement read.
The Senate president who recently declared his intention to seek the office of the president on the PDP platform has already met and consulted with nine state governors, including Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa; Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.
He has also met with elder statesmen like former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Ibrahim Babangida, among others.
“The consultations are in line with Saraki’s commitment to ensure that all party stakeholders are carried along in his campaign ahead of the October PDP presidential primary,” the statement added.
NAIJ.com gathered that members of the northwest delegation include Senator Shittu; Yakubu Mohammed, the special assistant on political affairs to the Senate president Alhaji Akilu Ndabawa (Kano), Hajiya Fati Kamba, a woman elder in Kebbi; and Alhaji Sheriff Hashiru, a northern youth leader from Kano state.
Others on the northeast delegation include Senator Isah Hamma Misau, Honourable Binta Bello, Alhaji Abubakar Jada, Engineer Mohammed Kachalla and Seth Crowther.
Meanwhile, former Senate president David Mark formally joined the presidential race in 2019 by picking the nomination form of the PDP ahead of the party primaries scheduled for next month.
Accompanied by hundreds of his supporters to the PDP national secretariat Abuja on Tuesday, September 4, Mark promised to restructure Nigeria and fix the economy.
He stated that his military background is an added advantage to lead the country, adding that he will address the security challenges Nigeria is presently facing.
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