A chieftain of the Accord Party and former Presidential Spokesperson, Dr. Doyin Okupe has projected that 2019 presidential election would be a battle between Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okupe stated this while analysing the recent defection of some National Assembly members from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Channels television political show, Politics Today, on Friday.
Asked about the motive behind his projection, Okupe said: “if Saraki is wise, the best thing for him to do would be to contest 2019 presidential elections, because as it stands in Nigeria presently, Saraki is becoming the most important political figure outside the Presidency.
“And from what I am seeing, the battle for the presidency in 2019 is between Saraki and Buhari.”
It would be recalled that Okupe, while speaking on Channels television’s Sunrise Daily, recently, had advised the Senate President to leverage on his increasing popularity and contest the 2019 presidential election.
On the wave of defection that has hit the ruling APC, Okupe noted that it had become inevitable for Saraki to leave the APC, wondering how could he remain in a party where he had been constantly disgraced, humiliated over the years?
He said: “After stripping you naked they are now trying to cover you up with a piece of cloth at the dying minute when they saw you have grown to become a threat to their survival. It will be unwise for him to remain in the APC if he truly wishes himself well.”
Discarding insinuations from some quarters that Saraki would lose his seat if he is sacked from the APC or he decides to leave the party, Okupe said a sack from a political party “does not invalidate his election as a member of the Senate and the Senate President.
“Don’t forget that Senator Buruji Kashamu has just been expelled from the PDP and he remains in the Senate. If the APC decides to sack Saraki, Saraki cannot lose his seat as the President of the Senate.”
He, however, said that defection across political parties “is not peculiar to Nigeria, it is common among politicians across the world. What the APC should be more concerned about is its failure to learn from the mistakes of others. That is why they have been caught in the web of tolling a perilous path.”