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August 16, 2018

Newsline: Saraki likely to run against Buhari in 2019 - reports Bloomberg

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, is said to be considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

Saraki made this known in an interview with Bloomberg at his residence in Abuja saying: "I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change.

“The PDP has learnt its lesson from the loss in 2015, and I think unfortunately the APC did not learn from their victory.

"We have the opportunity with the right kind of presidential candidate and president to provide the leadership for the party. The party has a good opportunity to lead the country in the right direction.”

According to him, he would have to first of all win the PDP's primary ticket in October 2018, to run against the incumbent president.

Speaking on the siege laid to the National Assembly by security operatives on Monday, August 7, Saraki said: “If a government can go and lock up an arm of government - and it’s never happened in our history - we should all be very concerned. We should not be surprised that they would use security agencies for elections.”

Recall that Senator Saraki officially defected to the opposition party on Tuesday, July 31. He made the announcement on his official Twitter page.

Before then, there were speculations that Saraki may soon leave the APC following the defection of 13 lawmakers elected on the platform of the party to the Peoples Democratic Party and the African Democratic Congress.

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