Senate President Bukola Saraki’s name has been sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the opposition party’s senatorial candidate for Kwara Central.
Saraki’s name was among the list of candidates for the 2019 general elections, which was submitted to the electoral commission on Thursday night, October 18, Punch reports.
Legit.ng notes that the Senate president was among the 13 aspirants who contended for the PDP’s presidential ticket.
While Saraki paid for the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms, it was however not clear if he paid for that of the Senate as well.
Investigations reportedly revealed that the name of one Ope was initially filed as the PDP candidate for the senatorial district. However, Saraki’s name was used to replace the individual.
Speculations had been rife that Saraki was among the suspected PDP presidential aspirants who had another plan since they knew they could lose the party’s presidential nomination.
Saraki is reportedly being positioned by the opposition party to return as Senate president in 2019, if the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, wins the presidential election.
A source reportedly disclosed: “Bukola Saraki’s name is there (in the list). He’s returning to the Senate on the platform of the PDP.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party appointed Senate President Bukola Saraki as the director general of its Presidential Campaign Council, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbodiyan, made this known via his official twitter handle, @OfficialKolaO, on Tuesday night, October 15.
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