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9th Assembly: APC will be punished again if, Saraki warns

…Promises desired change for Nigeria

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki has disclosed plan to join numerous other top politicians in the country in giving a shot at the Presidency.

Saraki, in an interview at his residence in Abuja, said he’s capable of making the desired change for Nigeria and Nigerians if elected the president come next year.

If eventually joins the race for the country’s highest political office, he would be contesting for the presidential ticket with others like the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; former governors of Jigawa, Sule Lamido; and Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; incumbent Gombe State governor, Aliyu Dankwabo; former Minister of Special Duties, Saminu Turaki and a former presidential aide, Datti Ahmed, among others on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

The senate president, who has been having running battles against the All Progressives Congress, APC for dumping the ruling party on which he was elected as both the senator and the number three citizen for the PDP, would be slugging contesting against President Muhammadu Buhari, if he wins the PDP’s primary ticket.

“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.

“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.” he stressed.

According to him, he would have to win the PDP’s primary ticket in October 2018, to run against the incumbent president.

Speaking on the siege laid to the National Assembly by security operatives on Monday, August 7, Saraki said: “If a government can go and lock up an arm of government – and it’s never happened in our history – we should all be very concerned. We should not be surprised that they would use security agencies for elections.

It would be recalled that Saraki officially announced his defection to the opposition party on Tuesday, July 31via his official Twitter page after which he later released a comprehensive statement on his decision.

Earlier, 14 lawmakers elected on the platform of the APC, mostly his loyalists have dumped the ruling party to the PDP and the African Democratic Congress, ADC.

They include Senators Dino Melaye, Sha’aba Lafiagi, Rafiu Ibrahim, Monsurat Sunmonu, Isa Misau, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Ubale Shittu, Ibrahim Danbaba, etc.

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