President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening told state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to give him more time to decide whether or not he would seek re-election in 2019.
Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, told State House correspondents that the President made this plea to the governors at a meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He disclosed that the President promised them that he would soon address the nation and the caucus of the party on what he intends to do regarding the next election.
The governor said, “We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and Mr. President’s ambition to run for the 2019 presidential election.
“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 caucus of the party very soon.
“So, we should be full of expectations that Mr. President will make officially known to Nigerians his intentions but we hope that his response will be in line with what the governors are thinking.”
Yesterday makes it the second time Buhari would be meeting the APC governors in the last one week. The governors had last Friday met with him in his country home in Daura, Katsina state. APC governors have been putting pressure on Buhari to seek re-election.
Although it was believed that the meeting in Daura had to do with the politics of 2019, Okorocha had told reporters that the governors visited Buhari to commiserate with him on the death of two members of his extended family.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, among other political and religious leaders had asked Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
Meanwhile, Okorocha maintained that it is the desire of the governors that the President seek re-election in view of his tremendous performances in the last two and half years. He said: “We believe that if he continues Nigeria will be better for it.’’