Battle for 2019: Minister meets Buhari, announces campaign organisation for President, Osinbajo

President Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo campaigning. [Photo credit: NAN]

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu, has announced a campaign organisation for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2019.

The minister also on Wednesday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari about the campaign organisation.

Mr. Shittu, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting with the president, said the campaign team will be called the “Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group.”

“I informed Mr. President that I have appointed national chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group and on 20th of this month we are commissioning the South-west zonal office of the campaign organisation of Buhari/Osinbajo.”

Although Mr. Buhari has not declared his intention to seek re-election, the minister gave no indication that the president opposed his call for early re-election campaigns. Instead, he said, the president’s ardent supporters would prevail on him to run again.

“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, who is also vying to be Oyo State governor, said.

He said there was no need to ask if the president would recontest because he has done well in providing relief to Nigerians in all aspects.

“It goes without saying. I mean, if you have a child who goes to primary school and does well, proceeds to secondary school does well, and you keep asking is he going to university?

“By the grace of God, we his ardent supporters who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians would urge him to re-contest,” the minister added.

Mr. Buhari himself recently hinted he may seek re-election.

The president gave the first clear hint on this last year in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where he attended the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit.

After arriving late to an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Buhari said he had to wait for 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,” he said.

“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.”

One week after the Abidjan visit, the president gave another hint when he visited Kano and said with respect to elections, “people of Kano are in my pocket.

“I know the elections. If they are to be free and fair, if it is a question of numbers. If it is a question of allowing people to make their choice, then I think the people of Kano are in my pocket.”

The Kano trip appears to show that despite the economic and security challenges faced by Nigerians, Mr. Buhari’s popularity, especially in the northern part of the country, remains high.

In terms of opposition, Mr. Buhari is expected to have a smooth ride in clinching the presidential ticket of his party, APC, in 2019. An expected challenger, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, already left the ruling party to the opposition PDP.

Should Mr. Abubakar clinch the PDP presidential ticket, he would be Mr. Buhari’s major opponent in 2019.

The PDP, which governed Nigeria for 16 years (1999-2016) faced over one year of crisis due to leadership tussle between erstwhile caretaker chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, and ousted chairman, Ali Modu-Sheriff.

The Supreme Court eventually ruled in favour of Mr. Makarfi, thus bringing some peace to the party.

The party in December 2017 held its national convention to produce a new leadership headed by Uche Secondus as national chairman.


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  • aisha ani

    Let the games begin!

  • Fernando Luis

    The beginning of APC failure. This shows this government takes Nigerians as animals. Imagine talking about campaign amidst suffering of the millions of Nigerians, hard biting fuel scarcity, herdsmen killings, boko haram killings, millions out of employment and dropping restructuring idea. No wonder father Mbaka has predicted the fall of illiterate sick old man of daura alias Buhari come 2019

    • Tunsj

      If you believe the nonsense that Father Mbaka stated, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. You already forgot the 16 years of PDP.

      • Fernando Luis

        Bro be honest in your heart, take out tribalism and sentiments, is this the right time to be talking about re-election campaign? When things are going in shambles. I don’t a party man or supporting PDP. You should know things happening in Nigeria goes beyond political parties whose politicians don’t experience hardship like every other Nigerian. I stand to say Buhari hasn’t done anything to be canvassing for second term.

  • Bassey Frank

    How can Buhari be seeking re-election? He went to London to receive treatment for 101 days and has now SECRETLY flown his son to London for treatment after a bike accident but keep deceiving the Nigerian public that the boy is receiving treatment in Abuja. This Buhari is a liar undiluted. I hope my Yoruba brothers dont fall for his lies this time around.

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  • bigbang

    2019 will be interesting. If the PDP field a strong candidate, it is theirs to lose.

    • Tunsj

      Keep on dreaming. You want 16 more years of PDP?

      • Joe

        I think no Nigerian is interested in party. We need a visionary dynamic leader that can move this country forward. Party is just a platform. we have too many good people that can pull us through, but obviously not buhari and his present cabinet. Dead woods!

  • FreeNigeria

    “It goes without saying. I mean, if you have a child who goes to primary school and does well, proceeds to secondary school does well, and you keep asking is he going to university?” But this one failed primary one woefully and should dropped fast like a very bad habit

  • Man_Enough

    thank God buhari is running. i don’t care where other votes go. as for me i will show my love for this country by casting mine for him.

    • Timothy

      You really think there will be Nigeria after 2019? You think the resource owners will accept that u continue to squander their resources?

    • Yego V

      Don’t forget the votes of your dead colleagues. We are happy that dead are burying the dead

      • Man_Enough

        Read what I wrote again. I said “I don’t care where other votes go”

  • shola

    You are a presentable, admired, noble and world wide respected personalty. Thank God that you are dedicating your deserved pension age to serving your nation. Only God/Allah knows what HE has in stock for you. We need you. Nigeria needs you.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Brain-dead Muhammadu Buhari should note that he will have to present a bona fide WASC/Cambridge this time around. NEPA bill will not be acceptable. Shikena.

  • forestgee

    I hope the gimmick of asking ignorant people to buy Nomination Form for them will not happen again.

  • Rev

    It is very shameful that this 80 something year old man, because Buhari himself is not even sure of his age, but by our calculations Buhari should be about 82, and he is still running for re election. This time around he will live permanently in London after the election, and Osibanjo will take over. God forbid!

    • Yego V

      Why forbidding God with such a good prayer

  • Yego V

    That’s ok sai baba: I just want to remind them that the campaign bus tank is empty! No bi piss den de put inside

  • Ezekiel. J.

    Except Buhari do not contest, he’ll be back in Aso Rock by 2019, it’s the bitter truth to swallow for His critics.

  • Joe

    Even Lucifer had angels that followed him to damnation and are called demons today. The same angel of God that voted against Hilary Clinton will vote against Buhari in 2018. The blood of the innocent villagers that Buhari’s Fulani herdsmen have shed will work against him and his so called ardent supporters.

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