Unic Press UK: Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki said today that he will contest the 2019 Presidential Election. He declared his interest in Nigeria presidency while addressing a gathering of young politicians at the Sheration Hotel, Abuja.
Recently he decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his declaration today has increased the number of presidential aspirants under the platform of the PDP.
Other presidential aspirants of the PDP are: Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Atiku is one of the hitherto chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who decamped. Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna state and the former Caretaker Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano state. Kwankwaso is one of the Senators, who recently decamped from the APC. Aminu Tambuwal, the Sokoto state governor. A former governor of Jigawa state Sule Lamido. Others are a former Sokoto state governor Attahiru Bafarawa and the Gombe state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo.
There are 91 political parties in Nigeria. Apart from the presidential aspirants under the PDP, there are several notable presidential aspirants in other parties, including:
- Muhammadu Buhari, a former military Head of State and the current President of Nigeria.
- Martin Onovo, a consulting engineer, who studied in the United States and Nigeria. He has been endorsed by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), who also named him the “Face of the New Nigeria”. The Movement For Fundamental Change [MFC] and Secure our Votes Nigeria [SOV Nigeria] also endorsed Onovo.
- Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- Kingsley Moghalu, a political economist and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
- Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state.
- Omoyele Sowore, a popular online publisher and the founder of Sahara Reporters.