Senate President Bukola Saraki has called on Nigerians not to use sentiments to vote the next president, but to choose a youthful candidate to lead the country.

His statement sounded like he threw a ‘shade’ at President Muhammadu Buhari who is 75 years.

Saraki made the call on Wednesday evening when he met members of the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin, as part of his nationwide consultation on his presidential ambition.

He stated that the present government came into power based on sentiments.

"The country has never been so divided as it is today. We need to unite this country and in uniting the country, we must have a President that speaks for Nigerians.

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"It is time for us to unite and to do that, we must move away from electing a President based on sentiments. We have done it many times. It has not worked,” Saraki explained.

The Senate President also said that the time had come for Nigerians to elect a President who understood what was required to grow a country, rather than depend on trial and error.

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"Countries that have grown did not grow by chance. Countries that have grown did not grow by trial and error. They had a leader that understood what the issues were," he said.

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