Senate President Bukola Saraki has confirmed in an interview that he is considering joining the 2019 presidential race.
Saraki was speaking during an interview with Bloomberg in Abuja on Wednesday when he disclosed he has commenced consultations and would wait until its completion before he declares his interest.
“I am consulting and actively considering it, I believe I can make the change,” he told the foreign media organisation.
The Senate president had before now claimed he foresees the current All Progressives Congress, APC, led government would manipulate the country’s security apparatus to its favour during the election.
“We should not be surprised that they would use security agencies for elections. If a government can go and lock up an arm of government and it has never happened in our history we should all be very concerned,” Saraki said.
“There has been a persistent disregard for due process and a lack of neutrality for some of these issues. For you to have credible elections, you must have safe elections.
“Security agencies are actively getting involved in the politics. The fundamentals of whatever we are going to develop are going to be based on sound democracy, credible elections, and freedom of choice of Nigerians. If we don’t have that as a foundation, then everything else cannot happen”.
Saraki, however, assured that his new party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has learnt its lesson from the loss in 2015, just as he insisted that his former party, APC did not learn from their victory.
He went on to further ascertain his seriousness about becoming President of Nigeria as he noted that he would use the opportunity presented by the next polls to test his popularity. He said if he eventually decides to run, it will be on the platform of the PDP.