Saraki Considers Running For President In 2019
Saraki ‘Considers’ Unseating Buhari In 2019
Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki has said he is considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari when Africa’s giant holds elections in February, 2019.
Saraki, who faces a battle to retain his position at the Senate following his defection to the opposition party, made this known during an interview with Bloomberg held at his Abuja residence on Tuesday and published on Wednesday.
The senate president said first, he would need to win the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to actualise his objective of leading the country.
When asked by the paper if he was running, Saraki said:
“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.
“While negotiating with the PDP, we listed a number of issues. We talked about how to sustain and improve the fight against corruption; the issue of providing more powers to the states; inclusion and having a more nationalistic approach on things we do; to continue to improve the environment that will ensure investments.
“We listed a number of items during the discussions with the PDP, and there is a written agreement to that. We trust that we can hold them to that.
“We would ensure that the party is strong on security. The APC too have not done well on the issue of security. 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.”
To win the PDP ticket at the party’s primaries on Oct. 5 and 6, Saraki would need to beat another presidential aspirant, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who also defected from the APC last year.