Saraki, a former two-time governor of Kwara state and former Senate President has a huge followership of youths as shown on his social media handles and many of them have been clamouring for him to run as president in 2023.
He also has a vast network of contacts in Nigeria and beyond.
His leadership of the 8th National Assembly between 2015 and 2019 is still a reference point among many Nigerians today who see the current 9th Assembly as ‘rubber stamp’ lawmakers.
Many Nigerians see him as a bold and courageous leader who stood firm and served out his term as Senate President when many had thought he won’t last up to six months in the position.
Saraki also has a strong political base especially in his home state of Kwara and across the country.
His position as a former Senate President and former chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) also gave him an edge as many of his colleagues, both former and serving still hold him in high esteem across the country.
Another advantage Saraki has is that he has no baggage hanging around his neck.
The Supreme Court in 2018 discharged and acquitted him of all criminal charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Many Nigerians, including elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai were indignant few days ago when the anti-graft agency invited him and later turned around to claimed he was detained, ostensibly to paint a bad image of him. Yakassai bluntly said the EFCC was targeting him because of the 2023 presidential election.
In conclusion, political analysts believe that the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP may be a straight fight between Tambuwal and Saraki, even though Atiku can still pull a magic just like he did in 2018 presidential primaries of the PDP.
They also argued that if it is about geo-political factor and the core- North origin, Tambuwal is favoured because he is from North- West while Saraki is from North Central, if it is about competence, capability, capacity and courage, the 4Cs, then Saraki may just be the right man for the PDP and Nigeria in 2023.
Nigerians who are disenchanted with the performance of the APC since coming to power in 2015 see the PDP as an alternative in 2023.
However, it remains to be seen if the PDP is ready for the huge tasks ahead given its current leadership crisis and how best it conducts it national convention.
Most importantly, the candidate it fields as its flagbearer for the presidential election will be the ultimate decider in its quest to regain the power it lost in 2015.