- Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has ruled out the possibility of Peter Obi having any impact on the presidential election
- Saraki, who is also the former governor of Kwara state, says that Obi and his party do not have the national air to solve Nigeria’s problems.
- He claimed that the Labor Party standard-bearer’s presidential ambition is a recipe for disaster.
An influential leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Bukola Saraki says that the candidacy of Peter Obi of the Labor Party will not give Nigeria the desired reform.
The former president of the Senate during an interview with Arise TV on Monday 16 January described the lack of popularity of the Labor Party across the federation as a ‘recipe for disaster’.
As TheCable reported, Senator Saraki was quoted as saying that “Labor does not have the parliamentary seats” needed to give a president the backing he needs.
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The former governor of Kwara State also pointed out that what is paramount for voters and Nigerians is the revision of the current constitution with which he operates.
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“With great respect for the people, particularly Peter [Obi]. Don’t forget that what we run in Nigeria is a presidential system of government. When you go to that ballot box on election day, you are voting for the party. You do not see individuals but parties.
“But for a party that doesn’t have parliamentary seats from day one, there’s a recipe for disaster because you know the executive and the legislature don’t go to a majority.”
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Senator Saraki noted that the Labor Party’s lack of presence in the legislature might not allow them to achieve their goals, especially along the lines of constitutional and other reforms.
He said even investors will want to see favorable legislation that will boost their investment fortune in the country.
Senator Saraki said:
“A small party that doesn’t spread across the country, even if it produces a president, we’re not going to see the changes that Nigerians want to see.”
The PPD chief went further by urging voters for next month’s elections to look beyond “small parties that sell dreams.”
He said its director, Atiku Abubakar, has a more authentic structure to help realize the wishes and needs of Nigerians across the federation.
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In another development, the standoff between former Senate President Bukola Saraki and the governor of Kwara has taken a different turn.
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This is when Saraki took legal action against APC Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq demanding an apology and N20 billion.
Meanwhile, the former legislator previously requested Governor Abdurazaq to retract his claims that he (Saraki) embezzled the UBEC Fund when he was governor of the state.