2019: Place Competence Above Sentiments When Voting, Saraki Tells Nigerians 

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Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and a Presidential Aspirant, has urged Nigerians to place competence above sentiments when choosing a President in the 2019 elections. The Senate President further said that Nigeria needs a President who belongs to all and is vast in the knowledge of the economy. He stated this on Saturday when he visited the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose in continuation of his nationwide consultations ahead of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Saraki said Nigeria is at crossroads with its democracy endangered claiming that democracy would have collapsed but for the intervention of the National Assembly which he heads. He pledged to accede to the demands of Nigerians for restructuring for the states in the federation to maximize their potentials. “We are at a cross road. We are seeing great danger with our democracy, that is why your state has had a terrible experience with the kind of democracy. “If not for what we have been doing at the NASS to sustain and protect the democracy, by now there will be nothing like democracy in Nigeria. “So, it is important that we look for a courageous and capable President that we can be proud of. A President that will ensure that we have true democracy. “Before now we have been voting based on sentiment, and ethnicity, so we need a leader that will allow you to reach your goal, it is time we restructure and have a state that would be able to maximise their potentials.” However, in his remarks, Fayose advised PDP presidential aspirants to accept the outcome of the party primary election slated for October 6, 2018 and work for the success of the party. The governor, who said that he was not supporting any particular aspirant, said he had cautioned his colleagues that they must allow the process to be credible. Fayose said: “Nigerians are waiting for PDP to liberate them and we must be united to be able to rescue them.” Threatening to back out of the primary election if the process is not credible, Fayose alleged that the future of the country had already been mortgaged.    
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