President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will soon address Nigerians on his plans towards the 2019 general elections. Buhari, yesterday, told governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to give him more time on the 2019 election.
The President has been under pressure from various political groups, including a group of governors known as the ‘Buharist’. Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who is also chairman of the All Progressives Governors’ Forum, said his colleagues met to persuade the President to contest next year’s polls.
Okorocha told reporters that: “We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and the President’s ambition to run for 2019 elections. “It is the desire of the governors that Mr. President should run for this exalted office given his performance in the last two years.
We believe that if he continues, Nigeria will be better for it. “Anyhow, Mr. President, in his usual manner, has requested that we give him time and that he will address the nation and the caucuses of the party very soon. So, we should be full of expectations that Mr. President will make it officially known to Nigerians his intentions, but we hope that his response will be in line with what the governors are thinking,” Okorocha notes.
Governors present at the meeting include, Nasir el- Rufai (Kaduna), Yayaha Bello (Kogi), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Muhammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger) and Solomon Lalong (Plateau), among others.
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