Northern Governors Forum speak on 2019 presidency

Northern Governors Forum speak on 2019 presidency

- Northern governors said President Buhari has performed well in two years

- They promised to vote for him if he seeks re-election in 2019

- Governor Ibikunle Amosun said he deserves to contest in 2019

The Northern Governors Forum has said that based on the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two years in power, it will vote for him if he recontests in 2019.

There has been talk about the 2019 presidency following Aisha Alhassan’s open endorsement for Atiku for the 2019 presidency.

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The Punch however reports that the northern governors said it would be better to continue with President Buhari in 2019 so as to consolidate with the foundational work he has done.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who is the deputy chairman of the forum spoke through his commissioner for information and culture, Mr. Muhammed Garba said the transparent manner in which the president has been handling the nation’s economy and his war on corruption has increased support for him.

He said: “The Buhari brand is a unifying factor because Nigerians across ethno-religious divides have come to see him as a man who walks the talk.

“For us in Kano for example, our support for him is 100 per cent. We know him as an honest Nigerian who thinks Nigeria first before anything else.

“His performance over the last two years — especially in the war against corruption, insecurity and terrorism — has been exemplary.

“Should he decide to hear our cry to seek re-election, we will not only support him but also do everything humanly and legally possible to ensure his victory.

“For those who have the privilege of travelling outside Nigeria, it is common knowledge that we are now respected because of the value the Buhari administration has brought to governance.”

The Arewa Consultative Forum also said it would support President Buhari in 2019 but gave some conditions before it will do so.

Anthony Sani who is the secretary general of the group said: “If President Muhammadu Buhari is able to deliver on his campaign promises substantially and be as fit as a fiddle to undertake presidential responsibilities and tasks by the end of his tenure, there will be no reason not to support him.”

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun also said President Buhari has the right to contest in 2019.

He said: “The only thing that can prevent President Buhari from contesting is if his health cannot take it.

“If not for this present administration, only God knows where Nigeria would have been. When the government came on board, it was like jumping into the pool at the deep end.”

Meanwhile, The special adviser to President Buhari on justice sector reforms and the national coordinator of OGP, Barrister Juliet Ibekaku- Nwagwu praised the efforts of Kano state government in pursuing policies and programs aimed at improving governance in the state.

She stated this in a statement delivered on her behalf by Dr. Haruna Abdullahi at the inception visit of the OGP national secretariat to the state on Friday, September 8.

Watch a TV video below of Nigerians speaking about whom they will vote for between President Buhari and Governor Ayo Fayose if given the choice in 2019


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