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2019: Saraki’s presidential ambition alters calculations in PDP

Recent hint by Senate President Bukola Saraki about the possibility of he joining the 2019 presidential race is now causing ripples in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to which he defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki told Bloomberg on Tuesday that he was “consulting and actively considering” throwing his hat in the ring for presidency.

His comment, The Nation, gathered has upset calculations in the PDP about the chances of the various presidential aspirants.

Other PDP members who are seeking the party’s presidential ticket include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe State; a former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki and a former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi.

Party sources said Tambuwal in particular feels disappointed that Saraki may join the race after allegedly promising to support the former Sokoto governor.

The Nation, August 18, 2018


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