Former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has said the Nigerian nation does not need a part-time President at this point in time.
Saraki said the next president after the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari must possess the energy and capacity to carry the workload and the demands of office.
The former Senate President stated this while addressing delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, whom he met after a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Saraki, who was accompanied by a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Kawu Baraje, said only a president that is up and running can solve the worsening state of insecurity, bad economy and disunity in the country.
“We need a President that will stand, that is bold and courageous. We all know four years as the Senate President, I stood for this country, I stood for what I believed was in the interest of this country.
“Let us find that person who has the energy because the work of a President is not part-time, especially now that the country is very bad.
“Nigeria needs a president that is up and running, not a president that will be giving instructions because when you give instructions and you don’t check, nothing will happen.
“You need somebody that has the energy to do it. I believe that I have that energy and capacity to do it,” Saraki said.
Saraki while addressing journalists earlier after his meeting with Obasanjo, said Nigeria is in a very delicate situation and a wrong choice of president would spell doom for the country.
His words: “We are in a very very delicate state as a nation and we need somebody who has the experience, somebody who can unite us because without unity we cannot go anywhere.”
Explaining the reason behind his visit to Obasanjo, Saraki said he was in Ogun State to meet with PDP delegates.
He spoke further, “I can’t come to Ogun State and not pay a visit to the former President, our father and leader of modern Nigeria, somebody I’m very closed to since I started my political career. So, I came to see him to let him know that I’m in Ogun State and to see how good and how well he is doing. And we thank God for his health, his energy and his passion for this great country. It inspires us to see that definitely, we need to turn this country around into a country that he wishes for and that all of us wish.”
He expressed confidence in winning the PDP Presidential primaries, saying “I believe that the time today, the kind of leadership that this country requires, I can provide that leadership.”
Speaking, a leader of the PDP in Ogun State, Hon. Ladi Adebutu assured Saraki of the needed support.
2023: Nigeria doesn’t need part-time President