Promising to Turn Nigeria Around, Saraki Joins Presidential Race

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After months of consultations, Senate President Bukola Saraki Thursday declared his interest for the country’s presidency and said he would seek the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he returned to last month from the All Progressives Congress (APC), to bid for the nation’s top job.

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Saraki made his declaration in Abuja at a dialogue with young aspirants in the PDP, saying he decided to throw his hat into the ring following pressure from the nation’s teeming youth who had asked him to run for President.

He promised to turn Nigeria around, strengthen the anti-corruption institutions and tackle other challenges facing Nigeria.

The Senate president enumerated several problems bedevilling the country to include unemployment, hunger, insecurity, lack of medical care, lack of education, lack of economic growth, terrorism, kidnapping, communal and farmers/herders clashes.

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Saraki expressed his readiness to tackle all these challenges if elected as the president in February 2019.

According to him, this is an urgent task that requires the concerted efforts “of each and every one of us”.

He also painted a gory picture of an average Nigerian citizen, “If we look around today, what do we see? What is the condition of our citizens? Where are we as a nation? How are we perceived locally and internationally? Why are we not making the expected progress? Why are we not growing? There is no time to waste. The time is now, to come together to stimulate growth in Nigeria, especially in the national economy.

“The choice we face in the forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are, or make a radical departure from the old ways – to find a better way of doing things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past. To fix the problems or keep compounding them.”

He justified his presidential run, “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 the president.

“Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming general election in 2019 on the platform of the PDP. I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and its people.”