👤 BREAKING By Danjuma Aliyu, EDITORIAL Director
The President of the Senate Bukola Saraki has formally entered the 2019 race to become the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senator Saraki, 55 is seeking the ticket for the President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
On Wednesday (August 29) the 55-year-old two-term Governor of Kwara made a visit to the Maitama Office of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a former President of the country
During the visit, the former President commended Senator Saraki’s leadership abilities, DENISAURUS News was authoritatively informed.
A reliable source who informed DENISAURUS News of the meeting said it was set up for Mr Saraki to get GEJ’s support.
The source told the Editorial Director of this paper, Mr Aliyu after the closed door meeting that “GEJ is a very big determinant in 2019 Election.”
The Senator needs “to know if he can buy the form, rather than waste his money.”
He said: “So, if you see SP decides to get the Nomination form before expiry date of 6th Sept, be rest assured that he got GEJ support, he is winning the primaries and he is our next President.”
The launch of Senator Saraki’s campaign coming hours after the visit to GEJ means the Senate President, as our source noted, must have received the endorsement of the former President.
At his declaration, the President of the eight Senate said: “I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“There is no time to waste. The time is now, to come together to stimulate growth in Nigeria, especially in the national economy.
“We need a new generation of leaders that are competent, with the capability to rise to the challenges of the 21st century. We must pull this country back together and rebuild, block by block, with dedication and commitment,”he said at a gathering full of young people.
He vowed to “stand for and uphold at all times the principle of the rule of law, which is the bedrock of democratic governance,” unlike President Muhammadu Buhari who recently stated that the “rule of Law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest.”
Senator Saraki, who has avoided many scheme set by the Federal Government to indict him over allegation of false asset declaration noted that, “Nigeria is perhaps more divided now than ever before.
“We are increasingly divided along regional, religious and ethnic lines. Nigerians are also divided by class, a festering gulf between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-Nots’.”
He said things will change and every aspect of the country will hold “a central pillar.
“Every citizen has the inalienable right to feel a sense of belonging, no matter their background or creed, or what part of the country they come from,” he said, adding that “No matter who you voted for or what your convictions are, government must work for you.”
This week, a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso also declared his intention to seek the highest office on the platform of the PDP.
The PDP candidates have however signed a MOU that any candidate that emerges as winner in the primaries will be thoroughly supported by all.