President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday declared that he will stand for re-election in next year’s polls, asserting that he would win the 2019 presidential election.
He revealed that his confidence stems from him not being found wanting in past public positions he occupied before now, including governor and chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund.
Speaking in Bauchi, where he is on a two-day official visit, Buhari said, “When I came into power as a military Head of State during the military era, there was nothing like insurgency in the North East, although I re-contested several times during the democratic era and lost. I contested again in 2015 and God in his infinite mercy, gave me victory.
“I have already made my intentions known to Nigerians that I will still contest again in 2019 and am happy for the support you are already giving to me today’’.
The President said further, “I contested election for the first time, second and third times, but lost. I said good and contested election again for the fourth time and won. I am telling you, I am going to contest election again for the seat of president and I will win because I have never been found wanting.
“I served as a president, governor and chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), but never looted the treasury like Nigerian past leaders, who own 20 to 30 houses, while some Nigerians cannot afford one room to sleep in.”