President Buhari, who is off to London today, has formally declared his intention to run for a 2nd term in 2019.
The president who contested four times before emerging Nigeria’s only two time head of state (first as military, now as civilian) along side Olusegun Obasanjo will now equal Obasanjo’s record. Obasanjo served two terms before failing in a rumoured 3rd term attempt.
The President is said to have made the declaration at an APC NEC meeting in Abuja. The declaration was publicly announced by presidential confidant, Mallam Nasir ElRufai who is Governor of Kaduna state and one who has been rumoured to be considering a presidential run himself. It was also confirmed by presidential aide Bashir Ahmad, both via twitter.
The declaration of intent has also been confirmed by Aso Rock, via a press statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity.
The statement captioned “PRESIDENT BUHARI TO SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2019″ reads: “President Muhammadu Monday in Abuja declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019.President Buhari made the declaration at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The President said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to recontest in 2019, adding that he wanted to give NEC the honour of notifying them first. Shortly before making the declaration, the President presented a speech on the report submitted by the APC National Executive Technical Committee.”
The president’s formal declaration puts paid to speculations whether he will run or not and will also have an effect on the political calibration.
Others include Jaye Gaskia, Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Moghalu and Omoyele Sowore.
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