PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, signified his intention to seek re-election in the 2019 presidential election.
The President made his intention to seek re-election known at the closed-door meeting of the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting at the national Secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
He said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to re-contest in 2019, adding that he wanted to give NEC the honour of notifying them first.
He said, “People have been asking me to declare for re-election and some have been asking me when I am going to declare. I want to give the NEC the honour to be the first to hear it. I have decided to contest the 2019 elections.
”Meanwhile, reactions have trailed President Buhari’s declaration from within and outside the APC party as well as Nigerians.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State described President Muhammadu as a single kinetic President in Nigeria’s political life.
Shettima told State House correspondents that the All Progressives Congress, APC, governors were behind the President.
On the chances of President Buhari to win the 2019 elections, Shettima who is the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum, said, “Certainly, he is the single kinetic president in Nigeria’s political life till date.
“We are fully in support of his decision and its part of democratic culture.
Traditionally, President Buhari has the right of first refusal of the candidature of their party, so its not something that is unusual or unwarranted or unconstitutional.
“Buhari has done the right thing, he is going to contest and we are solidly behind him.”
“We will give him the kind of support we gave him in 2015.”
Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, said Nigeria does not need President Muhammadu Buhari as her leader in 2019, noting that Monday’s declaration of reelection bid by the President is an ambition that is dead on arrival.
Fayose also noted that if Buhari is reelected, he would kill the country. Fayose, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said if Buhari was unable to read the handwriting on the wall and know when to call it quit, Nigerians would show him the exit door in 2019 by voting him out of office.
He opined that Buhari was not only too old to lead the country well, he had bungled the opportunity given him by his woeful performance.
“Aside that, we don’t want grandpa as president anymore. Nigeria does not deserve a Buhari as president in 2019. Buhari is old and tired.
When people don’t know when to take their leave and say bye, Nigerians will show them the exit door.
” He has done more harm to this country. His ambition is a means by which Nigerians will tell him good riddance to bad rubbish when they boot him out of office.
He is an easy candidate to defeat in the poll for he has failed woefully.
“He has failed in all fronts. He has failed in his so-called fight against corruption, he has failed in the economic front. He has not done well in term of security.
People are being killed in large number daily and Nigerians have no confidence in him.
” His declaration today is a slap on Nigerians in the face of what Nigerians are passing through. His government is not only clueless, but in a shambles.
He should go home and rest, ” he submitted.