[File] Nigeria's Senate leader, Bukola Saraki, announces that he would stand to become the main opposition candidate in 2019's presidential elections in Abuja, Nigeria, August 30, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has all it takes to win next year’s general elections.

Saraki said the party will not only sweep the elections in Kwara state but will win the presidential election because the platform has strategists as leaders.

He asked his supporters not to be afraid of the use of federal might in the forthcoming general elections, pointing out that he had confronted such situations in two previous elections and floored the incumbents.

Saraki spoke at the inauguration of a 42-man Campaign Council for the the state PDP at ABS Mandate Constituency Office, Ilorin.

The Senate President said while the 2019 election, like any other election, has its challenges, experience has shown that with the right tactics and strategies, the PDP will win the state again.

He said: “Don’t be afraid, don’t create fears in your heart, I have heard all the talks of the opposition about using federal might. But we have seen it all.

“We saw it in 2003, we saw it in 2015 or don’t you know that they used federal might in 2015? In 2015 with federal might we defeated them. It was you people that God used then and in 2019 with those who have come to join us we will defeat them again.”

He, however, asked members of the Campaign Council to demonstrate utmost faithfulness in the discharge of their duties to achieve the desired results.

“Every election has its challenges. But, we have what it takes to tackle it and once you are committed victory is ours”, he said, and tasked the party on the need to implement a rigorous campaign to ensure everyone is reached.

He pleaded with aggrieved members of the PDP to sheath their sword and work for the party’s victory, promising that there would be a better deal for Nigerians under a government run by Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate.

According to Saraki, it is only when the PDP is in power at the federal level that things can return to normal for suffering Nigerians and the hopes of the people properly addressed.

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