Saraki gets the endorsement of a former president

Former military ruler, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, has backed the presidential ambition of Senate president, Bukola Saraki.

Babangida on Sunday, September 16, said that Saraki was well prepared to be the president of Nigeria, the Nation reports.

The former military ruler made the statement at his residence in Minna, Niger state, when Saraki paid him a courtesy visit as part of his nationwide tour to seek support of PDP supporters and delegates for his nomination as the presidential candidate.

Babangida stated that there can be no better candidate than Saraki, owing to his experience as a governor, legislator and Senate president.

“You have the right objective for a campaign for leadership in this country. You are much more than prepared because you have been a governor in a state, a legislator and a Senator. You have been holding the Senate for the past three years very well and the Senate have been working very well under you,” he said.


Babangida commended the Senate president for championing unity, economic development and security as part of his objectives.

“You spoke of three important things that are very dear to me and those of us who fought to keep this country together, the issues which are unity, economic development and security. The security of this nation is a no go area, the security of the people and property are uppermost in your mind along with the well being of ordinary Nigeria. With these, I can say you have the right objectives for leadership of this country,” Babangida stated.

He urged Saraki to keep to his objective for the good of the country.

“You have my prayers and my support for these three reasons you have enumerated. I hope you keep to your objectives and hope the people will listen and believe you because the objectives are for the good of this country. I wish you well,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has maintained that he is not afraid of threats of impeachment following his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki made the statement on Sunday, September 16, when he visited Minna, the Niger state capital, Channels TV reports.

The Senate leader said those calling for the immediate resumption of the Senate were making the calls out of selfish and political interests.

He said the postponement in the resumption of the National Assembly had nothing to do with him but was a matter of constitutional provisions.

Saraki also said those parading themselves as political leaders in Kwara have no stability in their political pursuit.