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2019: Govs, ministers want Buhari to contest – El-Rufai

Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, has said that governors and ministers under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are rooting for President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election.

El-Rufai, who made this known to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, said the governors and the ministers had resolved to draft the President into the race as members of the “Buharist Group”.

The “Buharist Group” is an association of APC governors and ministers, whose primary aim is to promote and defend the perceived socio-political interests of President Buhari.

The governor dismissed the assertion that he was being groomed to replace President Buhari in 2019.

According to him, as a member of the “Buharist group’’ he had no presidential ambition as being speculated since he left the public service as minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2007.

 “My name has continuously been mentioned as a presidential aspirant s‎ince 2007 after my years in the FCT, there is nothing new about that. What I want to say here very, very clearly is that I have never been a presidential aspirant, I have never even been a gubernatorial aspirant. I am governor today by the grace of God, because President Buhari called me and said go and run for governor of Kaduna State.

“As far as 2019 is concerned, my position is the President (Muhammadu Buhari) is looking very well, he is recuperating very fast. My hope and prayer is he will contest in 2019,’’ the el-Rufai said.

The governor said he was in the Presidential Villa to wish the president “very happy Sallah’’ and also join him in performing the Juma’at prayer.

On the debate on restructuring the country, El-Rufai, who is chairing the APC ‎committee on true federalism, said his committee would start public hearing on the matter from September 18.

He said the committee had started receiving a lot of comments and memoranda particularly from young people who had never been part of the restructuring conversation. According to him, the committee will have 13 sessions of  public hearing across the country.

“By the time we listen to Nigerians and synthesize their views, we will write and make recommendations to our party how to operationalise true federalism as we have promised in our manifesto,’’ he said.


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  1. Peter Okeke 9th September 2017 at 10:27 am

    It is difficult to believe that APC governors held a closed door meeting with the ailing President Buhari and came out with the ridiculous consensus opinion that he should be fielded, for which he consented, for 2019 presidential election. It gives an insight into the minds of the people whose fate of this country is resting on at the moment, how they shallowly and parochially take critical decisions on the affairs of the country. It appears to them that the shrieking wind for structured change of the country’s political future, that they are not disposed to effect even though they promised change, does not blow in APC camp or they simply don’t care. This country urgently needs men who are not thinking of their personal interests but that of the country which presently are scarce in APC camp. What a waste of an era and resources of the country with unbroken chain of mediocrity and lack lustre performances in the score cards of people playing children backyard sand politics.

  2. Nwagu K V 9th September 2017 at 1:54 pm

    There is the story about this masquerade who appeared in a festival arena and was tried for potency and power by being bombarded with spiritual/juju attacks. While still struggling for survival he was asked if he would appear again the next festival. He begged that he be allowed to survive the ordeal he was passing through before he could make a decision. That exactly is the case of Buhari. The likes of El Rufai whose second tenure is hinged on Buhari running again should leave the man alone. Whatever he decides should be based on his self assessed wellbeing and ability to continue. It hasn’t really been easy this round what with ill health and bungling and the penchant to create and sustain tribal hatred. Are Nigerians prepared to accept his second coming? That is the billion naira question. But given the “malu” mentality of some sections of this country we could be propelled into this disaster.

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