Hailing from a powerful northern political dynasty, Bukola Saraki has effectively risen to become the third most powerful figure in the nation following his election as President of the Nigerian Senate in 2015.

Apparently not content with this eminent position, Saraki has consistently been rumoured as harbouring presidential ambitions, and has more recently been forced to dismiss reports that he intends to contest the 2019 presidential election.

While his political career has become increasingly marred by allegations of fraud and corruption, Saraki is still inarguably one of the most influential politicians in Nigeria; and amid rumours that he plans to defect from Buhari’s ruling APC back to the PDP, speculation is rife that Saraki will ultimately end up contesting the 2019 presidential polls.