The ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) are desperate to clinch victory in the gubernatorial rerun on March 23 and the President Muhammadu Buhari is driving the process himself but Kano state Governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje was missing from the close door meeting held today.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 9 declared the governorship and State House of Assembly elections inconclusive in Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Kano and Rivers states.
Some of the governors from the seven states met with the President behind closed doors, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday as they strategise on how to win the rerun.
According to report, Buhari arrived the Presidential Villa early today after spending five days in his hometown, Daura, where he participated in the governorship and state assembly elections.
And present at the meeting were Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Abdulaziz Yari, Zamfara, Abubakar Badaru, Jigawa, Kassim Shetima of Borno and Fayemi Kayode of Ekiti State.
On 24 January 2018, former president Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a letter to president Buhari accusing his government of nepotism, while commending his war against corruption and lauding his achievements on Boko Haram.
Obasanjo’s letter also included an appeal to president Buhari not to contest re-election in 2019 but to instead “join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom, and outreach can be deployed on the sideline for the good of the country.”
Shrugging off opposition from a previous president, during a national executive council meeting on the morning of April, 9th 2018, President Buhari declared his intention to re-enter the presidential race in 2019 and seek a second term in office as a democratic leader.
This came after much speculation by political players and members of the public about whether or not he was going to run, especially considering his rather late timing.
Reactions to his announcement have been mixed, as many observers think this put a question to his integrity. Buhari said during the 2011 presidential campaigns under the CPC banner that he would never seek a re-election bid should he ever become president.
On 26 February 2019, Buhari was elected to a second term, defeating People’s Democratic Party opponent Atiku Abubakar. INEC issued the certificate of return to President Buhari and Osinbajo on February 27, 2019.