A Nigerian lawmaker, former Kwara State Governor and the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senator Bukola Saraki, says he will make his position about running for the party’s presidential ticket known next week.
Senator Saraki told reporters in Ilorin on Monday that there had been several calls by his supporters to join the APC presidential race.
He said that he was overwhelmed by the support he had received from the people even when he was yet to make known his plan.
Saraki will be joining other political leaders of the oppostion party such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), who had made known their interest to run last week.
Senator Saraki is currently representing Kwara Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
All about Nigeria
“In spite of a number of politicians seeking the APC’s presidential ticket, the party will not disintegrate. Others will rally round whoever emerges as the party’s flag-bearer.
“The birth of the APC as a strongest opposition in the country was as a result of collective sacrifice by all stakeholders,” he said.
The Nigerian lawmaker stressed that the 2015 poll was “all about Nigeria, which requires everyone, devoid of party affiliations, to contribute”.
He admitted that Nigeria was not moving in the right direction and said: “Personal ambition by politicians could not be equated with the oneness of the nation”.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had said that the opposition party would have issues in choosing the flag bearer of the party but Senator Saraki dismissed the statement, insisting that all presidential aspirants had resolved to work together for the progress of the party after the primaries.