Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has
advised Nigerians not to elect an elderly person as
their President in 2023.
Saraki said it would not augur well if Nigerians
elect another elderly person “that cannot really
move” in the next year general elections.
According to him, the nation needs a young leader
who is capable and competent.
Saraki spoke through his
representatives, who were at the secretariat of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abeokuta, the
Ogun State capital.
Ahead of the PDP primary elections slated for May
28, the five-man team led by Prince Olateru
Olagbegi had met with delegates and leaders of the
party in Ogun, including a governorship aspirant,
Ladi Adebutu and the State Chairman, Sikirullahi
Olagbegi emphasised that Saraki, who is yet to
clock 60, is a better candidate for the 2023
presidential election, instead of the elders in the
Muhammadu Buhari will complete his second term
on May 29, 2023.
Among the major contenders for the number one
seat are 75-year-old former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar and a national leader of the All
Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, who will
be 70 on Tuesday, March 29.
While saying he holds nothing against old people,
Olagbegi said that the nation needs a leader that
can be available anywhere across the nation to
supervise projects for proper execution.
“Bukola is just 59, this is someone anybody can
relate with. We need a President that will be able to
move around the nation to supervise projects for
proper execution. We do not want a President that
will be a lord over us, not the one that will be
“I don’t have anything against elderly people, but
there are times for things. Look at the Westerners
and who are the ones governing them today. Bill
Clinton, George Bush (Jnr) and Barack Obama all
became President when they were in their 40s. Go
to France and UK today, all of them have young
“People do talk of Joe Biden, but we are not going
to compare Nigeria with America when it comes to
processes and systems in place. The Americans
have their systems in place, so it’s not a big deal if
they have an elderly person like Joe Biden as
“In Nigeria, if we make a mistake and choose
another elderly person that cannot really move, then
only God can help us,” he stated.
Speaking about zoning, Olagbebi maintained that
Saraki can equally claim to be a Southerner
because his mother was a Princess of Owo in Ondo
“Talking about zoning, Bukola Saraki’s mother was
from Owo. She’s a princess in the palace. Are you
going to tell me Bukola is not from the south?” he
He, however, posited that choosing the man who
would solve Nigeria’s problems should not be
based on zoning, ethnicity or religion.
In their separate remarks, Adebutu and Ogundele
noted that Saraki played a key role in resolving the
internal crisis which almost tore Ogun PDP apart.
“Saraki has done well for us in Ogun State as he
was instrumental to the unity of the party after long
and protracted crisis,” Ogundele said.