From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday sounded upbeat that the intractable political differences between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and G-5 governors spearheaded by Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike would soon be resolved.
Saraki, also a former governor of Kwara state, added that “we will surprise Nigerians. We are going to work together to better the lot of Nigeria.”
The ex-Senate President spoke with reporters in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on the sidelines of 10th years remembrance of his late father Dr Olusola Saraki.
According to him: “We will surprise Nigerians. This is because we all think about what is good for this country. Look at the poverty that is on the street. Look at how governance has not gone well.
“We will put Nigerians first because Nigerians want PDP back in power. The little differences between Governor Wike and Alhaji Abubakar we will resolve them and at the end of the day whether is Wike or others all of us in PDP want a better Nigeria.”
Recounting the memorable time with his late father, Senator Saraki said ‘”it was the time he was convincing me to go into politics. It was not easy. In fact, it was a battle, I resisted it. But today, i can see that the greatest satisfaction in life is to see people progress.
“The only thing we can do as his children is to sustain his legacy of making sure lives of the people are better as well as stand for the truth. Though, it is not easy to stand for the truth, but I am out to stand for a better Kwara.”
Other dignitaries at the fidau include Minister of state, Mine and Steel Development Senator Gbemisola Saraki, ex-Kwara state governor AbdulFatah Ahmed, former PDP national chair Abubakar Kawu Baraje and former Youth and Sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi.
Others are Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, ex-minister of Transportation Bio Ibrahim, ex-speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly Prof Ali Ahmad, state PDP chairman Babatunde Mohammed and Senator Saraki’s wife, Toyin.
Others are 2023 governor candidate and his deputy, Alhaji Shuaib Yaman Abdullahi and Gbenga Makanjuola amongst others.