Special Assistant to Senate President Bukola Saraki on New Media, Olu W. Onemola has reacted to the interview the Senate President granted Bloomberg.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Saraki had in an interview with Bloomberg said he is considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election billed for February, 2019.
The former Governor of Kwara state said he can make the change that Nigeria and Nigerians desire.
“I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change,” Bloomberg quoted Saraki to have said.
In his reaction, the Senate President’s aide said, “‘considering’ is not a declaration” while stressing that “at the appropriate time, the President of Senate will be specific about his aspiration for 2019.
“Moreover, the Bloomberg interview was 90% on the economy, and not politics.
“The President of the Senate has been clear that at the right time, Nigerian’s will know what his plans are.
“The President of the Senate did not say anything new in that interview that he hasn’t said in Nigeria. He spoke mostly about the economy, not about politics — as always, reporters picked their angle,” he added.
Saraki, a former chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) defected to the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in what analysts have said is for him to have the opportunity to have a go at the presidency.
Governors of Benue and Kwara states have also defected to the PDP and fourteen other Senators also recently dumped the APC for PDP and African Democratic Congress (ADC), a party associated with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who Saraki visited recently, further fuelling the rumours of his presidency.
While the PDP is expected to hold its primary election in October, Saraki claims the party has learnt its lesson from the loss in 2015 and stand a chance of leading Nigeria in the right direction.