Senate President Bukola Saraki has said he is sure of emerging the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the party’s October 6 primary.
He stated that his desire to become Nigeria’s President is not just an ambition but a reality.
He, therefore, enjoined Nigerians to stop President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to continue in office beyond 2019.
Saraki stated that “voting out Buhari is the only way to ensure national unity and security”.
The Senate President was in Owerri, the Imo
State capital, to meet with PDP stakeholders ahead of the primary.
According to him, “Nigeria needs a president who would unite all parts of the country, respect national character, grow local businesses and support entrepreneurial skills”.
He said “poverty, loss of job opportunities and hardship are currently on the increase”.
Saraki further said: “Nigeria has never been this divided. People are afraid to be called Nigerians. Ethnicity and religion have taken over. There is no inclusion anymore,no fairness, no federal character.
“Businesses are dying; survival of businesses is survival of the country. Poverty is everywhere.”
He said if not for God and the masses, Buhari would have removed him as the president of the Senate three years ago.
He said: ”I will continue to fight for the masses. We have to change the leadership. We need a leadership that would ensure justice and fair distribution of national appointments. I will restore global reputation. Countries are built by hardwork and vision.
“South East people are hardworking; their entrepreneurial spirit is wonderful. As a president, I will partner South East to emerge the next tiger of Africa in business. You don’t build what you don’t have. I, therefore, appeal to the delegates to vote wisely.
“We must change Buhari with a man that has capacity, integrity and vision in order to realise our potential. I believe in restructuring that would give states the opportunity to realise their potential. I promoted made-in-Aba products. As a president, I will support local businesses.
“ We need to have a president that will ensure prosperity. I am committed to the development of South East because it is in the best interest of Nigeria. You need the president that has the youthfulness and energy to deliver.”
The Chairman of the PDP in Imo State, Charles Ezekwem, said Igbo were interested in a presidential candidate that would restructure the country and create an additional state in the South East.
Ezekwem said: “ I have seen everything positive in Saraki. His defection will ensure victory for the PDP.
“Igbo want restructuring and fairness. Saraki has the capacity, strength, pedigree, academic background to move Nigeria. “