Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President, has on Thursday, announced his formal intention to vie for the Presidency under the Peoples Democratic Party.
Saraki made this declaration in Abuja, during a media parley while noting that the 2023 elections represent a moment whereby Nigerians must unify for the interest of the country.
During the meeting with journalists, he expressed;
The 2023 elections looms large as a watershed moment in the country and we must acknowledge that some things have happened that wasn’t predicted and 2023 presents an opportunity to choose unity over division and exclusion. This is not the time to surrender while in despair. We must rise above the division that keeps us apart.
This is the moment we must put everything apart to save the country. This is not the country we want nor the country our founding fathers envisioned.
While touting his antecedents from the commencement of his political career as the Governor of Kwara State, Saraki pledged to ensure youth empowerment, qualitative education for Nigerian children and an overhaul of the security sector.
The former Kwara State Governor noted;
I want to be President because a Nigeria whereby our youths and our women will be prominent in the affairs of governance. Leadership with a purpose is what I bring to the table. We commit ourselves to remove this badge of dishonor; we must resolve that every Nigerian child is guaranteed quality education. It is for this one child that I will run.
He further added;
I will ensure that all men in uniform are well-trained to secure our country. As long we dependent on crude oil subject to the volatility of international markets, then the job is not done. We must diversify the economy which will also stem the tide of brain drain.
Saraki is vying for the PDP Presidential ticket against Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice-President; Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor amongst other contestants.