The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday declared his intention to run for the presidency of the country in the 2019 general elections.
Similarly, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has also declared to run for the number one position in the country saying that herdsmen/farmers crises in parts of the country was a major security concern for every Nigerian.
Saraki made the declaration at a dialogue with youths and young aspirants in Abuja on Thursday, and promised an inclusive government for all Nigerians, if elected.
He said that he would ensure that all Nigerians enjoyed “the inalienable right to feel a sense of belonging no matter their background or creed or what part of the country they come from.
“No matter who you voted for or what your convictions are, government must work for you.
“I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for president.
“Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming general elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“My plan for Nigeria has inclusion in all aspects of the country’s affairs as a central pillar.”
Saraki said that the young generation did not deserve to “live in the poverty capital of the world’’.
“It is no longer an issue of how we got here, but how do we get out of this situation? I promise you that I will lead the fight and employ every God-given resource available to us in turning things around.
Similarly Tambuwal said that as President of the country under the banner of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the menace would be looked at “very comprehensively” and solved.
Tambuwal stated this on Thursday while speaking with newsmen after picking PDP’s Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms for the 2019 presidential election.
“I believe it is an issue that every responsible government must address and I assure you we can take it head-on and resolve it,” he said.
Tambuwal, who arrived at PDP National Secretariat, Abuja, at about 6 p.m., accompanied by some of his aides and supporters, expressed hope that the party would conduct credible primaries “should aspirants fail to go for a consensus candidate”.
He said: “I can’t say there is no need for consensus because it is part of democratic process.
“If there is a possibility for it, why not? If it is not possible, then we all go for the primaries.
“But, I believe that PDP of today is capable of organising free, fair, credible and transparent primaries.”
Tambuwal said that considering his antecedent, he had the capacity to confront the ruling-All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate.