Saraki stepped down for Jonathan in 2011 and Buhari in 2015, now is his time – Baraje

Kawu Baraje, a former leader of Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been nursing his presidential ambition since 2011.

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He made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday.

Baraje said Saraki stepped down his ambition for former President, Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

He said: “As a reminder, Senate president, Bukola Saraki has been trying his luck on being the president of this country since 2011. He withdrew for the then-candidate Goodluck Jonathan.

“In 2015, he also withdrew for the present President Muhammadu Buhari. So, for somebody who has been nursing that kind of ambition, is it not right for such a person to come forward again?

“This present president came forward for four times before clinching it. Did anybody ask whether he was right or wrong? Totally, I am in his support. Whatever Nigeria is looking for is in him and what we are looking for is only a candidate that will unite Nigeria.

“Because the current situation in the country, Nigeria is further divided and unless we get a candidate that will unite Nigeria, it is going to be a very serious jeopardy for this country.

“He has the right. The fact that he is the Senate president does not stop him from aspiring to become the president. Constitutionally, of course, I have not seen that a Senate President cannot aspire to become president.

“Being one of the strong supporters of the Senate president, this is the time I will show the entire world that I am solidly behind him. We have been supporting others, this is the time to support our own.”



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