Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Senate President and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari does not understand governance and was not prepared for governance of the country when he was elected in 2015.
He said this while addressing Oyo State delegates and members of the party ahead of the national convention of PDP at the state secretariat of the party, in Ibadan, the state capital.
The former governor of Kwara State, who maintained that Nigerians made a mistake by voting Buhari in 2015, stated that with the various challenges facing Nigeria today, the country needs a "digital President".
Saraki accompanied to Ibadan by two Senators, Mr Rafiu Ibrahim and Mrs Abiodun Olujinmi, a former governor, Mr Idris Wada, Mr Doyin Okupe and Mr Muhammed Wakil, declared that President Buhari does not understand governance and that the mistake Nigerians have continued to make over the years, was electing people into positions of authority based on sentiment.
He specifically maintained that Nigeria needed a digital President who can relate well with Presidents of other counties.
Saraki stated further that he is the most capable for the work among PDP Presidential aspirants, urging Oyo State delegates to support his aspiration.
He said, "The major mistake we are making is that we vote people who cannot do it. All other countries, they look for the best candidates. If you look at other aspirants, you will see that I can do it better than all of them.
"The mistake we made is that the person who is there does not know anything. The person that is there does not understand governance. If you have observed, you will discover that Presidents of other counties who have visited Nigeria in recent time did not sleep in the country. They will just come for two or few hours and go back".
The Senate President maintained further that what the country needs in 2019 is a capable President, as Buhari has shown that he is not capable for the task.
Saraki insisted that having worked with Mr Buhari for over three years, he has discovered that the he does not understand governance.
Among Oyo PDP leaders that received the Senate President were the State Chairman of the party, Mr Kunmi Mustapha; Mr Wole Oyelese; Mr Hazeem Gbalarumi; Mr Wasiu Adeleke; Mr Saka Balogun and Mr Jacob Adetoro.