Following Bukola Saraki's loss in the 2019 senatorial election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also lost the governorship election in his home state. Numerous political broadcasters were sharp to bid the past Senate president goodbye. Many made hasty forecasts that the loss has spelled the edge of the Saraki reign in politics. A handful of folks predicted that Saraki has been brought to political forest and that it would take a seismic shift for him to remain relevant.
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However, those underestimating Dr. Bukola Saraki neglect the fact that his emergence as Senate President in 2015 was not the intent of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party had prepared Ahmed Lawan as their called candidate for Senate Presidency. The party had the figure and was practically sure that he would win. Then came Bukola Saraki's tactical cleverness. He realized he would not get the backing of the APC to win the Senate presidency so he united with the PDP to accomplish his mission.
I think Saraki's 2019 loss can be tracked to his preoccupation with striving to help Atiku Abubakar win the presidency. His position as Atiku's campaign director implied he had to be with the past vice president at all his campaigns across the nation. He was also with Atiku on his voyage to the United States. He expended more time and exertion attempting to get Atiku to win and thus disregarded his home base. In the end, he had a flavor of what it feels like to forfeit one's materiality in one's base, something Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has comprehended so well.
Dr. Bukola Saraki might have plunged but he is already on his way up. Behind the scenes, he has been creating moves to unify warring groups in the PDP knowing well the party cannot advance without harmony. By 2023, he would have created sufficient companions to hoist a political takeover, and I think the opposing party should be very watchful.
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