Many saw this coming, Saraki wanting President Buhari’s job. And they were not disappointed.

On Thursday, he made his intention to challenge the president in 2019 official, making him the highest profile challenger to Buhari so far, as the senate president.

So, what informed Saraki’s decision?

Well, according to his statement of declaration, he wants to save Nigeria’s economy from total collapse.

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In fact, he believes that the economy of Africa’s largest oil producer is “broken and in need of urgent revival”.

“GDP growth rate has declined. Diversification remains an illusion. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Businesses are shutting down. Jobs are being lost in record numbers, and the capital needed to jump-start our economy is going elsewhere,” Saraki said before declaring to run for president at an event in Abuja.

Recall that Saraki, who currently is the Senate President, quit Buhari’s All Progressive Congress in July to rejoin the PDP amid other signs of splintering in the ruling party.

The former Kwara state governor is currently Nigeria’s number 3 citizen.

What is currently playing out in the polity is a result of the infighting that has engulfed the ruling APC, which united to unseat former President Jonathan in 2015.

Divisions emerged publicly in the weeks following the APC’s conference in June where new party leaders were elected. Others saw their hopes of greater powers within the party dashed just months before the presidential and legislative elections.

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