2019: APC senator criticises party’s governors asking Buhari to seek re-election

President-Muhammadu-Buhari-middle-flanked-by-the-Kaduna-State-Governor-Nasir-El-Rufai-left-and-Kogi-State-Governor-Yahaya-Bello-right. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

A lawmaker, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has criticised seven governors from his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for president in 2019 despite the killings going on in several parts of the country.

The APC governors, Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe) and Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa) had on Friday visited the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja asking him to seek re-election in 2019.This came barely 24 hours after 73 persons killed by suspected herdsmen in Benue were buried.

The senator took to his official twitter handle on Saturday to condemn the governors’ endorsement describing it as unfortunate.

“Seven Governors in the Villa asking President Buhari to run at this material time when all hands should be on deck to advice or support him to end the mindless bloodletting & carnage in the country is most unfortunate. Human reasoning and human conscience where art thou?”, he said.

Governor El-Rufai told journalists after the meeting that they (the governors) want the president to contest the 2019 election. He said they “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.

He added that the governors, mostly first termers, were interested in “continuity and stability”.

Apart from Mr. Sani, other Nigerians also took to Twitter to react to the call by the governors.

Below are reactions of some Nigerians.


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  • davids

    Sani problem with El-Rufai has made find problem with anyone El-Rufai identifies with. I think this self-destructive for him. I have not heard El-Rufai writhing things just to get at Sani. who is wiser?

    • Folorunsho Idowu

      Leave our governors alone,Sani. They are doing what they know best. Creating ‘Shitholes”

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    No comment until the Senator confirmed the statement. Otherwise, from the twitter appearance, it seems someone pasted the post.

  • Solomon Brown

    If those tweets are truly his, then Sen Shehu Sani has proven his worth as a patriotic Nigerian, what remains is for Shehu to navigate the political terrain in such a way, he is truly at odds with the evil party controlling the nation. He is pretty popular as things are right now, just capitalize on it Senator and watch the support pour in.

  • Bassey Frank

    You are the only APCish chieftain that talks sense and meaningfully. You have never minced your words in telling those cattle-rearers in government where they belong. The Buharists governors making this move are already failures. They are selfish and self-centred minions. Raw idiots.

  • Otile

    Senator Shehu is always a good man, a capable leader, the type that Nigeria needs nowadays.