Senate president Bukola Saraki shook the internet on Thursday, after he announced that he would be contesting next year’s presidential election.
Saraki, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to his former party, the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) made the announcement while delivering a keynote address at a dialogue for young aspirants.
“It is with all these in mind and taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President.
“Accordingly, 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.”
The decision didn’t come as a surprise to many Nigerians as Saraki’s move to the PDP had sparked speculations earlier. However, while some hailed the senate president for the move, a lot, were of the opinion that Saraki should have waited but others, said he didn’t stand a chance at all.
See reactions below
I admire bukola saraki but won't support him for president. APC is hoping for a situation were PDP presidential primaries will hold (winner emerges) and other presidential hopefuls will disagree with the process. The party has a lot of work to do by getting a consensus candidate.
— UDO OLIVER™ (@Udo_Oliver97) August 30, 2018
Saraki and shenanigans. So it was always about the Presidency. PMB's second term just made it impossible for your ambition and that is why all the "rikishi" "mago mago" and intense hatred. Please choose Dino as your campaign manager.
— Arinola (@iyaboawokoya) August 30, 2018
Finally saraki has made his intention known.. Nd some youth are excited he is running for presidency!!!! I hope u all know he has nothing to offer
— Omorinsola Avoseh (@rinsiwealth) August 30, 2018
Saraki's extreme hunger for power is what will bring about his swift downfall.
— Salman👑 (@NotJustSalmanPR) August 30, 2018
It's pathetic seeing responsible group of people clamoring and clapping for same set of looters and deceivers driven by their selfish agendas. Upon all the pdp aspirant, saraki is the worse of them with no major achievements attach to his 8 years as governor.
— bAkAtsInE (@_lukmanB) August 30, 2018
LOOOL! Saraki has just knocked on the door of his political abyss. Oh, he has opened it wide for the journey of no return.
— Johannes (@Johannxs) August 30, 2018
Bukola Saraki is grossly a greedy man.
So man ran away from Apc simply to go grab presidential ticket at Pdp..
Isn't it obvious now?..
— TravelPro👨🏫/OgaHANS/ (@OgaHans) August 30, 2018
Saraki should have waited,lol. He doesn't stand a chance. President ko.
— Adiaha (@eddyfontaine) August 30, 2018
The ones who love Saraki
Curse him or hate him… truth be told Saraki is the smartest politician in Nigeria…
— Adeniyi Owen (@OgbeniOwen) August 30, 2018