President Muhammadu Buhari has given the most obvious hint so far that he will be contesting in the 2019 election, as he told Nigerians in Côte d’Ivoire that he wanted to be seen with some state governors so that their people may vote for him in future.
He gave the hint in far away Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where he is attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit.
He was accompanied on the trip by a leader of the governing APC, Bola Tinubu, and governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi states among others.
The president arrived late to an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire Tuesday night and said he had to wait for the two governors to accompany him to the meeting because of their electoral value.
“First I want to apologise for keeping you for too long sitting, this is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting.
“This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in the company of the president, I think that will be another vote for me in the future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up,” Mr. Buhari said to thunderous laughter and clapping by the audience.
Beyond this hint, President Buhari has not spoken about the possibility of his contesting the 2019 presidential election even though many governors elected under the All Progressive Congress (APC) have spoken out in support of a second term for him.
The president also said that his support for President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, despite serving as minister in a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration was a confirmation of the statement he made on May 29th, 2015 inauguration, that he belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody.