Senate President and presidential aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday yesterday, excited members of the party in Lagos as he assured them that he will do everything within his reach to ensure PDP produced the next governor of the state. Saraki, who spoke at the PDP secretariat in Lagos State, where he was endorsed as favourite candidate, said he had the medicine of the man terrorizing Lagos State.
He said: “What you have been fighting for many years, you will have it during the coming election because you now have somebody that has intention and charisma to deal with those disturbing you.
“I have a medicine of the man who regards himself as godfather terrorising Lagos State. We have their formula, come next year, PDP will take over Lagos.”
Saraki warned Nigerians to be mindful of presidential aspirants promising to restructure Nigeria, if elected president. He said restructuring agenda was not something a president could single-handedly promise as it required the input of the legislature.
He said: “Many aspirants will tell you that they will restructure Nigeria, but don’t let them deceive you because restructuring is not something only a president can do because certain laws also need to change. “So you need a president that has political sagacity to carry people along. But there are very few aspirants today that possess such charisma. Once I assume office, I will devolve more powers to the state.’’ On unemployment On unemployment, Saraki said no government could create enough jobs, stressing that it was only private sector that could do so.
According to him, “You need a president that can speak private sector language. So, this is the time to elect the right president to lead the country. “In Nigeria, we are at the crossroads and we need to save the soul of this country because we have not been so divided like we are currently across the country.
In his response, Acting Chairman of Lagos State PDP, Alhaji Waliu Hassan, assured the Senate President of their support, even as he commended him for the love he had for the party in Lagos.
Party leaders who accompanied Saraki to the event included Senator Dino Melaye, Dr. Ade Dosunmu; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofo Akerele-Bucknor, Mr. Deji Doherty, former Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada; Dr. Doyin Okupe and former national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, among others.
…leads Atiku, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, others in party’s presidential aspirants poll
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday led other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential hopefuls on social media poll coordinated by Ebube D Statesman @akaebube.
The poll titled; ‘Which of these PDP strikers do you think has the strongest and most compelling campaign message’ was according to Ebube, restricted to social media users with Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).
As at 10 pm yesterday, Saraki with the campaign message; ‘ Grow Nigeria’ leading with 51 per cent of the total votes.
The former Kwara State governor is followed by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar with 34 per cent and campaign message tagged; ‘Get Nigeria Working,’ while Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Danwkambo with the campaign slogan; ‘Beyond Promises’ presently placed third.
Sokoto State Governor and former speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal ranked the lowest with about 14 hours left to the end of the poll.
As at the time of filing this report, over 11, 000 twitter users have casted their votes with more internet voters expected to join the fray Thursday morning.
The latest poll further attests to the growing popularity of the Senate President among Nigerians after earlier defeating the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari in about three internet polls.