Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 11th: Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie has taken to twitter to put an end to speculation about whether Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari Will Seek Re-election In 2019.
Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie wrote and quoted El-rufai inside her own tweet to reinforce the message:
“We’re working on Buhari’s 2019 return. Buharism is what Buhari Stands for -El-Rufai. I am a Buharist. WHO ARE YOU-Lauretta Onochie”
This follows reports that President Muhammadu Buhari and some of his top aides met secretly with Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to inform him that Mr. Buhari intends to run again for the Presidency as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
A senior Presidency source, reportedly stated that the decision to inform Mr. El-Rufai was taken because the governor was being touted as Mr. Buhari’s replacement in the event that the president cannot run for a second term in 2019 due to ill health.
During the meeting, President Buhari and his close associates asked Mr. El-Rufai to take up the role of honorary adviser to the presidential campaign which they said had already kicked off subtly through a series of propaganda initiatives since President Buhari returned from a prolonged medical treatment in London for an undisclosed illness.
President Buhari and his team also asked Mr. El-Rufai to prepare for a second term as governor so as to strengthen his credentials to run for the Presidency in 2023, a projection that is unlikely considering that the Presidency would likely be zoned to another geographical zone by the party.
A coalition of governors, ministers and other concerned Nigerians under the umbrella ” buharists” are working hard behind the scene to ensure that president Buhari is on the ballot in the 2019 presidential election, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State told reporters after the meeting with Buhari’s aides to strategize for his 2019 re-election.
El-Rufai’s comment is coming a day after the minister of women affairs and supporter of Atiku Abubakar’s 2019 presidential election claimed that president will not contest the 2019 presidential election.
State governors and ministers who see themselves as “buharists” want President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election election, says Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recently returned to the country after more than three months in the UK for medical treatment for an undisclosed “health challenge”. The 74-year-old left for London on May 7. His prolonged absence caused tensions back home with calls him to either return or resign. That was Buhari’s second break for medical leave in London this year after a first that began in January and lasted nearly two months, a combined total of 153 days in London this year for medical vacation.
Photo: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
He has been working from home since his return because according to his spokesman, rats ate his office while he was away on medical vacation (cough, cough).
His main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer. He has denied that claim.
The health of Nigeria’s leaders has been a sensitive issue since the 2010 death in office of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua after months of treatment abroad. Buhari’s four-year term ends in 2019.