Governors, North Central leaders urge Buhari to run in 2019
Governors and some political leaders from the North central geo-political zone have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election during the 2019 general elections.
The group took the decision at the North Central meeting of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups in Abuja.
They however vowed that they are not prepared to persuade or preach to him, but that they will compel him to re-contest because there is no other person who can come up for now to sustain the change and economic growth taking place in the country at present other than the President.
Prominent among those who called on Buhari to seek a second term in office, were: Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue, Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), as well as Senator George Akume.
The motion for Buhari to contest a second term in office was moved by Akume and seconded by Lalong.
The motion was thereafter unanimously adopted by the audience comprising All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts from the zone.
Citing reasons for their decision, Akume, listed successes in the fight against terrorism, economic recovery, sustenance of democracy, restoration of the Nigeria’s reputation in the comity of nations, as well as Buhari’s personal integrity and patriotism as justification for their call.
He added the constitution recognized that four years were too short for leaders to record lasting achievements and legacies for the people hence the provision for a second term.
Lending his voice to the discussion, Governor Ortom stated “For 2019, there is no credible presidential candidate for the APC other than Buhari.
Buhari, in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, assured that the economy is set to be on a better pedestal following steps already taken by his administration.