Seven (7) governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have asked Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.
The governors met the Nigerian President on Friday, January 12, at the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state who spoke to State House Correspondents after the meeting, said governors want Buhari to continue running the country beyond 2019.
The Kaduna state governor said people are free to continue to speculate about the 2019 elections but he and other governors are interested in continuity and stability of the country.
“We are politicians and those of us you see here want the president to contest the 2019 election, we have no apologies for that’’, he said.
“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 or her own opinion but as governors, and most of us here with the exception of Yobe governor, are first-term governors.
“We are interested in continuity and stability and we want the president to continue with that.
“Like our leader, the governor of Kano said, we just happen to be here by coincidence and we went to pray and decided to felicitate with the president and we feel satisfied that anytime we see him, he is getting better and better’’, El Rufai added.
Those present at the meeting are Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Yahaya Bello of Kogi and Abubakar Bello of Niger states.
Others are Simon Lalong of Plateau, Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe and Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa states.
All the APC governors, except Mr Lalong, attended the Friday Muslim prayers with the president at the villa. They later had lunch together.