What's he done now?
This week, the Saraki campaign began to send emails and text messages to registered voters, reintroducing him as a presidential candidate.
Saraki 2019 has two slogans: “Let’s Grow Nigeria” and “Follow Person Wey Sabi Road”, two high-key critiques of the Buhari administration’s poor economic performance and difficulty in attracting technocrats. Since defecting from APC, Saraki has defiantly reaffirmed that he will keep his position in the Senate until his term was up and even bagged an endorsement from Ibrahim Babangida.
So what's next?
Saraki has an uphill road ahead of him. He's competing for PDP’s presidential nomination against former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, and former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
But what does this mean for Saraki?
For one, he has more to lose from a failed presidential bid than many other candidates. Plus, his position as Senate President depends on PDP maintaining their majority. Since he defected to the PDP, relations between Saraki and major APC party figures have been strained. If he fails, and PDP falls short of reaffirming its majority, he could not only lose his seat but may also be subject to continued investigation.
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