- Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, wants Nigerians to stop voting with sentiments if they want a better country
- Saraki reminds Nigerians that no country ever developed through luck and that nobody can give what he does not have
- He promises to end the constant killings in the Nigeria
The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, September 17, urged Nigerians to vote leaders not according to sentiments, but their capacity and vision to bring about the needed change in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saraki, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, made the statement in Lagos while addressing party members.
Legit.ng understands that the visit to the party secretariat was in continuation of his nationwide tour of state chapters to garner support for his aspiration.
Saraki, accompanied on the visit by Senator Dino Melaye; a former minister, Alhaji Muhammed Wakil; and former governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Idris Wada and Doyin Okupe, said that great nations, including the Asian Tigers, were built by visionary leadership.
He said Nigeria would be better if entrusted in capable hands.
“We should stop using sentiments to vote for our leaders because a man cannot give what he does not have.
“Most of us here read about great countries including the Asian Tigers; all their achievements do not happen by chance or luck.
“They happened because there are visionary leaderships in those countries.
“So, it is time for Nigerians to vote for leaders who have the capacity, the courage, and knows what he wants to do for his people,” he said.
The Senate president said he was seeking to lead the country out of the need to serve and deliver the dividends of democracy.
He said he had the capacity, the experience and the youthfulness to turn the country around.
He added that he was the best and the only sure one to deliver out of all the presidential aspirants across the parties.
Saraki also decried the killings in parts of the country and other challenges in the country, saying it was the responsibility of all citizens to address them and promised to make the issues history, if elected to lead the country.
Concerning restructuring, Saraki said there was the need for powers to devolve to the states to make them more viable.
He said the over-concentration of powers in the centre had stifled the development of the other federating units.
The Senate president expressed concerns that most aspirants who promised restructuring could not deliver, saying only somebody who could pursue the right legislative action and has the political sagacity could implement it.
“A lot of people come and tell you here that they can do restructuring.
“Restructuring is not one thing only a president can do, because it requires laws to be changed.
“Implementing restructuring requires somebody with the political sagacity to carry people along with him to the destination,” he said while urging party members to congratulate themselves in advance, promising to do his best to ensure PDP wins Lagos for the first time.
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Melaye, who also spoke at the event, told the party members that Saraki remained the best out of the aspirants seeking to lead Nigeria.
Addressing party members in Yoruba, the senator described the APC government as a failure and urged delegates to support the aspiration of Saraki.
Okupe similarly appealed for support for Saraki, saying he was the best man for the job.
The PDP secretary in the state, Prince Muiz Dosunmu, commended Saraki, saying the chapter aligned with his vision to reposition the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Former military ruler, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, backed the presidential ambition of Senate president.
Babangida on Sunday, September 16, said that Saraki was well prepared to be the president of Nigeria, the Nation reports.
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