Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in a closed-door meeting with 6 other Northern governors after the Friday Juma’at service at the State House Mosque, Presidential Villa, Abuja insisted that they want the president to contest the 2019 presidential election.
The governors who met President Buhari with the Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai are Abubakar Bello of Niger Sate; Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State; Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa State and Simeon Lalong of Plateau State.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Kano State Governor Ganduje claimed that the coming together of the seven governors was a coincidence and not for any purpose.
Governor Ganduje said, “We are seven in number here but we came separately and not for any purpose. But after the Friday prayers, we decided to say hello to Mr. President. It is just a coincidence that we met in the Mosque and some joined us later and we decided to go and greet the president”.
However, when Gov Ganduje was asked to respond to insinuation that the meeting was all about 2019 and that the governors wanted Buhari to contest the next presidential election, Governor Nasir El-Rufai interjected and said, “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.”
On whether those speculating that the meeting was about the election were right, he said, “Whether they are right or wrong is beside 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 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 any time we see him, he is getting better and better.”