Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kwara state who played a major role in the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is “good stead” to lead the senate if his party forms the majority in the upper chamber after the 2015 elections.
Because of the role he played in leading a break-away group from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the APC, Saraki, TheCable understands, has secured an understanding with major leaders in the party to be supported for senate presidency in the event that the opposition wins power.
Saraki, a serving senator, had given up his presidential ambition this year, saying he wanted to avoid a possible rancour after the party’s primary with too many aspirants in the race.
But TheCable was informed that his permutations actually changed when Muhammadu Buhari declared his interest in the race and all seemed set for the former head of state to pick the party’s ticket.
Another source said it was Bola Tinubu, the national leader of APC, who persuaded Saraki to target senate presidency instead of going into a contest against Buhari, the favoured candidate.