2019: No apologies pushing for Buhari’s re-election – El-Rufai


The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Friday declared that northern governors were committed to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and owe no one any apology over that.

He stated this to State House correspondents after seven state governors from the Northern part of the country met behind closed doors with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Aside El-Rufai, the other governors are: Abubakar Bello (Niger); Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Jibrilla Bindo(Adamawa) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

The governors, all serving on the platform of the APC, had met behind closed doors with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Some of the governors had earlier joined Buhari for the Jumat prayers inside a mosque located near his office before the brief meeting.

Ganduje explained that they were on separate visits and they decided to meet with the President after the prayers.

The Kaduna governor said they felt satisfied that whenever they met the President, they always noticed that he was getting better as regards the condition of his health.

According to him, “We are politicians and those of us you see here want the President to contest the 2019 election. We have no apologies for that.

“We believe in Mr. President, we want him to continue running the country in the right direction.

“People can speculate about 2019, we have no apologies. Whether they are right or wrong is beside the point.

“Everybody is entitled to his own opinion, but as governors, and most of us here with the exception of Yobe Governor, are first time governors, we are interested in continuity and stability and we want the President to continue with that.”


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