– Bukola Saraki said he has not stepped down for any presidential aspirant
– Saraki claimed the news about him stepping down was a rumor fabricated by enemies
– Saraki and twelve others would be contesting in the PDP presidential primary on October 6
Senate President Bukola Saraki has debunked the rumor that he stepped down for a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the party’s national convention which is slated for Saturday, October 6.
Saraki, in a statement sent to Premium Times claimed that the news about his stepping down was fabricated to cause confusion among his supporters.
The statement said: “This rumor is unfounded and totally lacking in truth and substance. Dr. Saraki has absolutely no intentions of stepping down his ambitions in favor of any aspirant,” campaign spokesperson Ilemona Onoja said in a statement.
“In fact, Dr. Saraki is the foremost aspirant of the party for the presidential primaries and considers himself well placed not only to emerge as the candidate of the party, but also to convincingly beat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the February 2019 Presidential election.
“It is in furtherance of this confidence that Dr. Saraki has continually met with delegates, stakeholders and faithful members of the party to promote his #GrowNigeria message as well as his proposed policies and plans.
“We urge the public to disregard this rumor as exactly what is it — a rumor by people being spread by people who should know better.”