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No fewer than seven governors elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on Friday, met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, insisting that they have no apology campaigning for his return to power come 2019.
The governors were Abubakar Bello of Niger State; Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State; Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
Speaking on behalf of his counterparts to the State House Correspondents, Governor El-Rufai said they are interested in the continuity and stability of President Buhari’s agenda.
“We are politicians and those of us you see here want the President to contest the 2019 election. We have no apologies for that. We believe in Mr. President we want him to continue running the country in the right direction. People can speculate about 2019 we have no apologies,” he said.
On whether Nigerians are right that the time is not ripe for politicking, El-Rufai said: “Whether they are right or wrong is besides the point. Everybody is entitled to his own opinion but as governors, and most of us here, with the exception of Yobe Governor, are first time governors. We are interested in the continuity and stability and we want the president to continue with that.
“Like our leader, the governor of Kano said we just happen to be here by coincidence and we went to pray and decided to felicitate with the President and we feel satisfied that anytime we see him, he is getting better and better.”
Also speaking on the purpose of the visit to the villa, Governor Ganduje said: “That’s a good observation. We are seven in number here but we came separately not for any purpose but after the Friday prayers, we decided to say hello to Mr. President. It’s just coincidence that we met in the Mosque and some joined us later and we decided to go to greet him.
On the best way forward on the issue of Fulani herdsmen, he said: “The president met with stakeholders from the affected states and I think a suggestion has been put forward by the Minister of Agriculture concerning the colony and I think eventually that is the answer. “