SENATE President, Dr. Olukola Saraki was on Wednesday in Calabar in pursuit of his presidential ambition and was welcomed by thousands of youths at the Calabar airport who in a frenzy chanted his name several times.
As he stretched out his hands to respond to the cheers and chants of his name many youths grabbed them and were only extricated by his aides while he beamed with smiles
Saraki who drove in a motorcade to the govern ros office where he met with Senator Ben Ayade and members of his executive council, the Senate President said he would take Nigeria to the Promised Land if given the opportunity to be president in 2019.
He said the wealth of experience he gained as governor of Kwara state and managing the affairs for the Nigerian senate will be put to bear to manage the
economy of Nigeria if given the opportunity to lead the country as the
The senate president who is jostling to occupy office of the president
under the platform of PDP said that he came to the state to solicit
support towards his course to emerge as the president of the federal
republic of Nigeria in 2019 stated that A time has come when the
people of Nigeria needs a man with the requisite capacity to rule the
“Your Excellency I say am here seeking support of delegate from your state.
“We have in October fifth and sixth to pick our presidential
candidates for our great party.
“Your Excellency where Nigeria is today, not only in Nigeria but the
world all over, there is a new world order, a new world order that we
have new type of leadership.
“A new world order that require a president that is mobile, digital,
and can plan for his people and plan for the direction. We have seen
this evolved across the world.
“Everyone is waiting on when it would come to Nigeria, We cannot
afford to wait. It is not just about voting the APC,It is about voting
the APC and destroying Nigeria instead of repairing Nigeria.
“As stakeholders in the management of affairs of Nigeria, we need to
elect a president that knows what the issues are if we must grow the
“If we must address the issue of prosperity. This is not going to
happen by chance.
“ There were Countries which grew up Asian tigers, it didn’t just
happen by chance. They had leaders that at a particular time in
history had a vision. I have a vision.
“That is why I get excited when I visit this state. I listen to your
big ideas. They are big ideas because I heard you say I want to build
the deep seaport and a super highway that will serve as an evacuation
“All these go a long way to boost the economy of the nation.
“Government alone cannot do all that is needed to be done to take us
as a country to the Promised Land.
“We must create an enabling environment that would make us as a people
have confidence in government.
“We must see a president with a charm and say this is our president”
The presidential hopeful urged Nigerians to shun sentiments but vote
in a person with the capacity to lead the nation stressing that
sentiments cannot take the country to anywhere when it comes to issues
of leadership adding that instead Nigerians should strive to put in
people with abilities and capacity to if they are interested in
transforming the country to a better nation.
.In his remarks, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state who played
host to the senate president said he was happy to see Saraki
indicating interest to vie for the seat of the president and charged
Saraki to look into the injustice suffered by the people of Cross
River state adding that the seizure of the oil well ceded to the
people of Cameroon and neighboring state of Akwa Ibom has inflicted
poverty and economic hardship to the people of the state.