2019: I Am Considering Running For President - Saraki
Saraki, who has shown interest in running for the highest office in the land, said in a recent interview that he has been making consultations.
In the last one week, the Senate president has visited ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.
Saraki also noted that he would need to win the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to achieve the objective of becoming the next president of the country.
The Senate president, who defected to PDP from APC two weeks ago, accused the APC of not managing its victory well, saying his new party could make a difference.
He said: “I am consulting and actively considering it… I believe I can make the change. The PDP has learned its lesson from the loss in 2015, and I think unfortunately, the APC did not learn from their victory.
"While negotiating with the PDP, we listed several issues. We talked about how to sustain and improve the fight against corruption; the issue of providing more powers to the states; inclusion and having a more nationalistic approach on things we do; to continue to improve the environment that will ensure investments.
"We listed several items during the discussions with the PDP, and there is a written agreement to that. We trust that we can hold them to that."
On the recent blockade of the national assembly by officers of the Department of State Services, DSS, Saraki said that if the APC led government could shut down one arm of government, nothing would stop them using security agencies to win the elections in 2019.
“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.
"There has been a persistent disregard for due process and a lack of neutrality for some of these issues. For you to have credible elections, you must have safe elections. Security agencies are actively getting involved in politics.
"The fundamentals of whatever we are going to develop is going to be based on sound democracy, credible elections, freedom of choice of Nigerians. If we don’t have that as a foundation, then everything else cannot happen” the senate president explained.
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