Hours after online reports went viral that President Muhammadu Buhari has named transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 national campaign coordinator; the president’s re-election campaign officially kicks off in the country’s Southwest region with the official appointment of the current minister of communications, Mr. Abdur-Raheen Adebayo Shittu, as the national campaign coordinator for the 2019 elections.
Mr. Adebayo Shittu was at the Aso Rock Villa to meet with Mr. President yesterday, and later told State House correspondents after meeting with the president that campaigns for the president’s re-election has officially taken off in the Southwest region where the governing APC still retains a stronghold and the South-West zonal office of the campaign organization of Buhari/Osinbajo will be commissioned on January 20, 2018.
Mr. Shittu also announced that he has been appointed national chairman of the board of trustees of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group.
Speaking on the reason for meeting with the President, he said: “I informed Mr. President that I have appointed a national chairman for the Board of Trustees of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo dynamic support group and on January 20, we are commissioning the South West zonal office of the campaign organization of Buhari/Osinbajo.
“Everyday since he came into office, all his activities has been geared towards letting Nigeria know that they have a saviour, a rescuer, somebody who is committed to providing relief for Nigerians in all respects.
“In the areas of fighting corruption, insurgency, whether in the North-East or the Niger Delta, in the areas of repairing the economy and providing jobs and providing social stability in the society, you will agree with me today that but for Buhari, Boko Haram would have invaded even Lagos.
“It goes without saying. I mean if you have a child who goes to primary school and he does well, he proceeds to secondary school and he does well, and you keep asking if he will be going to university. It goes without saying.
“By the grace of God, we his ardent supporters who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians will urge him to re-contest. I know he has not made up his mind, but I can say that some of us can assist him in making up his mind, so that Nigeria can continue to enjoy stability and progress in our land.”
Mr. Shittu also said even though Buhari hasn’t said anything concerning his re-election, it goes without saying that he should be supported for another term in office.
Asked if the development was an indication that the presidential campaign for 2019 has commenced, the minister all but answered in the affirmative.
Nevertheless, President Buhari has left a couple of hints to suggest he’s considering another term in office; with his first elapsing by second quarter of 2019.
He also said that the other issue that brought him to the Aso Rock villa was to inform the President that a university in Benin Republic had offered him (Shittu) a Doctorate in Public Administration and to notify him that the convocation will be coming up on January 27.