A chieftain of the Accord Party and former presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe has urged Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to take advantage of his increasing popularity and vie for the 2019 presidential election.
Okupe gave the advice while speaking on the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC), which led to the formation of the Reformed APC (R-APC) by some aggrieved members of the ruling party.
The former presidential aide, who fielded questions on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, said: “Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, the next most visible and most notable politician in Nigeria today is Bukola Saraki and he would do himself a great favour if he steps into the ring and run for President. He has the pedigree.
“Saraki has the required exposure and experience from being a Special Assistant to the President, to being a two-term governor and now Senate President. He has been through different stages of leadership and this makes him stand out among many other aspirants who have indicated interest to become President.”
Answering a question on the possibility of Saraki clinching the APC presidential ticket against Buhari, who has indicated interest to run for second term, Okupe added: “APC would be doing themselves a favour if they do not allow the President to run, and I don’t see Saraki contesting the primary in the APC, it is impossible. The hostility against him in the APC is too much. That is why he needs to move to another party where he can form alliance with other parties to contest.”