Saraki Will Not Contest Against Buhari In 2019 Says Aide

Senate President, Abubakar Bukula Saraki

The Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has said that the Senate President will not contest the presidential election in 2019.

As long as President Muhammadu Buhari decides to seek reelection, Saraki will not contest because the Senate president sees and respect the President as a father, said Baba-Ahmed.

Baba-Ahmed made this known while speaking on a weekly Hausa Programme aired on DITV/Alheri Radio monitored in Kaduna on Saturday by Sunday Trust.

“There is no way Senator Bukola Saraki will contest for president in 2019 as long as President Buhari will contest. This I know very well because I work with him and I should know that,” he said.

“But if President Buhari says he will not re-contest the position that is a different case. The Senate President will not contest against President Buhari because he sees and respected him as a father.

“The same thing happened in 2011 and 2015 if you remember. Saraki declined to contest against him; instead, he joined others to work for the success of the President in the 2015 elections.

“I’m not President Buhari’s spokesman but I see nothing wrong if he decides to contest.”

He however added that any party member that feels he/she is interested in the position can also try his luck since it’s not against the party’s constitution.