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2019: I don’t know if I will seek re-election – President Buhari

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According to Reuters, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday he does not know if he will seek re-election in 2019 and the decision is personal and also for Nigerians.

Reuters says in the report, “Buhari, 75, was speaking in a radio interview.

“He was elected in 2015 but spent much of 2017 in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment that left him visibly weakened. Some have questioned his willingness or ability to run again.

“Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s minister of communications, who played a prominent role in Buhari’s 2015 campaign, has said he would chair a group to support the re-election of the president and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“Such campaigns by supporters often pave the way in Nigeria for a president to declare his intention to run again.

“Analysts say the fact that Shittu has discussed campaign arrangements with Buhari and then made it public is a sign that he may have given his approval.

“Nigeria will hold presidential elections on Feb. 16, 2019 and parties have between Aug. 18 and Oct. 7 this year to select their candidates.

“In a blow to the president, Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and key Buhari ally, quit the ruling All Progressives Congress in December and said he was prepared to run in 2019. Last month he joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party.”

Meanwhile, the Presidency on Thursday reacted to the reports.

Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Ahmad Bashir, while sharing the report by Reuters via his Twitter handle described it as “fake news.”

Reuters had reported that the president made the statement while featuring on a radio interview, though the name of the medium was not mentioned.

Tweet from Reuters reads, “#Nigeria’s Buhari doesn’t know if he will seek re-election – radio interview”

But in his reaction, the presidential aide called on the news outlet to provide more information to backup its report.

The tweet reads, “Good afternoon Reuters, could you kindly provide more details on this your report, which radio interview did President @MBuhari talk about 2019 election? #FakeNewsAlert.

“This report from @Reuters is NOT true, President @MBuhari didn’t grant any radio interview where he talked about 2019 election, for Mr. President, it’s too early to start talking about next year elections when there are so many important and pressing issues on his desk.”

 

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