Senate President Bukola Saraki has formally indicated interest to contest the presidential election in 2019 on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Saraki made the declaration today, while meeting with young Nigerians who want to run for office in 2019 under the NotTooYoungToRun Act that was passed by the National Assemly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “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.
According to a tweet by a Special Assistant to Saraki on New Media, Mr Olu Onemola on twitter, he wrote: “LIVE VIDEO: The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has just declared his intention to seek the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. #GrowNigeria”
Saraki has therefore joined a dozen of other aspirants on the ticket of PDP, including two-time governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who made a declaration on Wednesday.
Other aspirants are Saraki’s right-hand man and governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Aminu Tambulwa.
“Many of our children are hungry. Many people are dying of avoidable or otherwise treatable diseases.
Watch video of declaration: