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Why I want to unseat Buhari – Saraki

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Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki declared his intentions on Thursday to run as a president in the 2019 general election.

While making his intentions known, why he wants to run and some of the things he would do. Below are some things he said:

– “Nigerians are crying out for succour. Many of our children are hungry. Many people are dying of avoidable or otherwise treatable diseases. Many have fallen below basic living standards, and are now among the 87 million that sealed Nigeria’s position as the country.”

– “Our economy is broken and is in need of urgent revival in order for Nigeria to grow. GDP growth rate has declined. Diversification remains an illusion. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Businesses are shutting down. Jobs are being lost in record numbers”

– “I want to see the youth play major roles at all levels, not only in government but also in the private sector and indeed in every area of Nigerian life. This will be a government driven by youthful energy, innovation and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit.”

– “Nigerian youth will be given all the opportunities to realize their potential to the full within a national framework that guarantees inclusiveness.”

– “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.”

– “The leadership we deserve is one that will be a source of pride to all Nigerians, one that will be respected and admired in Africa and around the world. It should be a leadership that can hold its own and stand tall anywhere in the world. That is the type of leadership I offer.”

– “To protect all Nigerians and defend their constitutional rights and freedoms. I will stand for and uphold at all times the principle of the rule of law, which is the bedrock of democratic governance.”

– “I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians.”

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Breaking: Saraki finally declares to run for president

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Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday officially declared his intent to run for president in the 2019 general elections.

“I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians,” Saraki said in a meeting with young political aspirants in Abuja.

Saraki, who only defected back to People’s Democratic Party late July, on August 14 said he was considering running against Buhari in 2019.

“I am consulting and actively considering it,” Saraki told Bloomberg News.

On Wednesday, Saraki met with the erstwhile Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan and has also paid courtesy visits to former military presidents Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo amongst others notable politicians across the country since his defection.

However, 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 and former Sokoto state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who on Wednesday declared his ambition in Abuja.

Political pundits predicted the battle for the PDP presidential ticket between this trio will be fierce.

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Saraki to declare for president very soon

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Senate President Bukola Saraki will declare to run for the office of President of Nigeria very soon, according to Pulse NG.

“Yes, expect the big announcement before the week runs out or sooner”, one aide said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject at the time.

Saraki told Bloomberg a fortnight ago that he is actively considering running for president.

Saraki dumped the APC for the PDP in July and has been setting out his stall rather nicely for a presidential run.

The Senate president has paid courtesy visits to former military presidents Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo and other kingmakers across the country.

He’s also been photographed waving at crowds in Ogun, Kwara and Akwa Ibom States as he tests his popularity ahead of crucial polls for Nigeria in 2019.

Battle in the PDP
APC godfather Bola Tinubu had taken on Saraki for leaving the APC because of his presidential ambition.

“Returning to the PDP, he harbors dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide”, Tinubu had written in a widely circulated press statement.

However, Pulse understands that Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal who also defected from the APC to the PDP last month to pursue his dream of becoming Nigeria’s president, may ditch his presidential ambition to pursue a second term as governor instead.

“Tambuwal’s governorship campaign posters are back on the streets of Sokoto. It’s clear he is no longer running for president. He’s more realistic now and knows he doesn’t stand a chance at the highest level”, one resident of Sokoto told Pulse over the phone.

As Tambuwal pours cold water on his presidency goals, former Kano Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso will be reigniting his. Kwankwaso will officially declare to run for the office of president of Nigeria on Wednesday, August 29.

Political pundits say the battle for the PDP presidential ticket will be a fierce one featuring the trio of Atiku Abubakar, Saraki and Kwankwaso.

Senate president throne in peril
It is believed that Saraki was promised the PDP presidential ticket as pre-condition for his eventual defection.

The PDP will hold its primary elections in the first week of October.