Saraki, two other presidential aspirants agree on consensus candidate

Senator Bukola Saraki has said he and the governors of Sokoto, and Bauchi state Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed respectively have agreed to present a consensus presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Saraki revealed this on Sunday after meeting with the two other aspirants.

Saraki said “even though each of us has indicated an interest in becoming the next President of Nigeria, the three of us have resolved to achieve a consensus amongst us, as a first step, and then hold further discussions with others within the party.”

He added they were determined to follow the process to a logical conclusion.

Saraki also said the three presidential aspirants also deliberated on the state of the nation.

“We agreed that our country is in a very dicey situation and that we should work together to provide good leadership.

“We believe that the ruling party which is so embroiled in crisis and is unable to manage its affairs, cannot effectively administer the country.

“Therefore, going forward, Nigerians are eagerly looking towards the PDP to bail out the country.

“We believe this is the time to place the interest of millions of Nigerians above personal interest.

Aside the three, Vice President Atiku Abubakar has equally indicated his interest in contesting the presidency, after making two failed attempts in 2007 and 2015.

The opposition party has been inundated with calls within and outside its fold to embrace zoning the presidency to the south.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, has been president for seven years and he is expected to handover power to a southern president in 2023, based on Nigeria’s unofficial power rotation between the south and north of the country.




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