Nigeria 2019: Buhari must re-contest, say seven northern governors

Seven governors have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.

The governors met the president at the presidential villa after the Friday Jumat prayers in Abuja.

Those present at the meeting are Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Abubakar Bello of Nige, Simon Lalong of Plateau, and Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa states.

Mr. El-Rufai who spoke on behalf on behalf of the governors after the meeting said they were at the villa because they were politicians.

“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.”

Mr. El-Rufai said the governors, mostly first termers, were interested in “continuity and stability”.

“We want the president to continue with that,” he said.

Mr. El-Rufai said they were at the state house “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,” he said.

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