2019: Saraki To Fall Back On Kwara Senatorial Ticket
In line with a popular saying that if you cannot go forward you stay where you are, there are strong indications that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki is set to emerge as the Kwara Central senatorial candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Kwara State Chairman of the PDP Alhaji Kola Shittu, on Sunday, said it was indeed possible for Saraki to emerge as the Kwara Central senatorial candidate of the party even though he had only shown interest in the presidency.
Saraki had contested the PDP presidential ticket and came third with 317 votes in the primary that held in Port Harcourt, River State at the weekend.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar emerged the PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 elections. He polled 1,532 votes to trounce other aspirants.
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, came second with 693 votes while a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, garnered 158 votes to come fourth, behind Saraki who came third.
It was gathered that although a candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial district, whose name was not disclosed, had emerged through consensus means, arrangements could still be made for Saraki to become the PDP Kwara Central Senatorial District candidate and his name submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission before the period for submission of candidates closes on Monday.
It was further learnt that arrangement had been activated to fly back to Ilorin the Kwara PDP delegates who went to Port Harcourt for the party’s presidential primary.
It was further gathered that after the arrival of the delegates, Saraki would be formally presented as the party’s senatorial candidate for Kwara Central.
The state PDP chairman also confirmed in an interview with The Punch that there was a procedure for Saraki to emerge as the candidate if he so wished.
Shittu said, “If he (Saraki) so wishes, there are procedures of doing that. We have affirmed somebody through consensus. Since tomorrow is the last date for the submission of candidates, there is the possibility of him emerging this night (Sunday). It is still possible.”
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