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Saraki, Okorocha join Tinubu, others on 2023 presidential race

By Idowu Abdullahi

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Imo State former governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, have declared their intention to vie for Nigeria’s oval office during the 2023 election.

The duo said they would be aspiring to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari and work assiduously to put Nigeria on path of development and prosperity.

Okorocha made this known on Wednesday in a letter read at plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. The lawmaker representing Imo West also noted that he would address a world press conference on Monday, January 31, 2022, to give details of his ambition at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The letter reads in part: “As you are aware, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the time table for the conduct of 2023 general election, including that of the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“With elections drawing nearer as the days go by, our citizens are concerned about the quality of persons to run the affairs of our nation, one who can address some of their major concern which includes:

“A detrabalised Nigerian who can unite our country. A leader with a compassionate heart who will care for the poor, downtrodden and masses of the country. A visionary leader who can create wealth for our teaming populace by addressing the issues of poverty, insecurity and youth restiveness.

“It is as a result of these concerns that I wish to hold a world press conference on my intention to run for the office of the President of our dear nation. I therefore wish to solicit for your prayers as I make known my intention.”

On his part, Saraki hwho indicated interest to contest the 2023 presidency, said his experience as both former governor and senate president has prepared his for the task ahead.

“As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions. Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for EVERYONE!,” he wrote on his social media page.

With their declaration, both legislators would be joining the likes of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Ovation Magazine Publisher, Dele Momodu, among others in the presidential race.

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