7 Northern APC Governors Endorse Buhari for 2nd Term

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R-L President Muhammadu Buhari being received by the Chief of Staff to the President , Abba Kyeri ; Minister of the Federal Capital Territery (FCT) , Muhammadu Musa Bello and the Chairman , Governor’s Forum and Governor of Zamfara state , Abudulaziz Yari on the return of President Buhari from medical treat in London …yesterday (19-06-2016). GODWIN OMOIGUI

•   We’ve no apologies for supporting his re-election

By Yemi Adebowale   

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday got a boost for his yet to be declared bid for a second term in office, when seven northern governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed him after meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Those involved in the endorsement were Abubakar Bello (Niger); Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

The governors, who had earlier prayed along with the President at the State House Mosque before the meeting, declared that they have no apologies for endorsing Buhari.

Governor El-Rufai who spoke to journalists as they emerged from the session with Buhari, said they remained committed to the President’s re-election bid.

“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. 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.”

El-Rufai, also spoke on the crisis sparked in his state by his recent mass sack of teachers for failing to measure up to standard.

He said there was no going back on the sack and that the severance packages of the affected teachers are ready for collection.

He said:”There is nothing to step back on. It’s a well thought out position we took one and half years before we made the decision and we will not change it.

“We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three-month severance pay and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training. 

“Those that are interested in farming, we have the reserve land available, and for those that want to go into trade, we have micro credit to support them. If they are not suitable as teachers, they can do other things and the government will do other things to support them.”

On the allegation that he asked the police to stop workers marching to Government House on Thursday to protest the sack of about 21,000 teachers in Kaduna State, he said the right to protest was guaranteed in the constitution and that he was not in the state that day.

The governor said: “I think the concern of the police was because of the precarious situation in the country and particularly in Kaduna. This made it unsuitable to have such protest. And the last time they did such a thing, they attacked the State House of Assembly. So, this is the concern. The concern is about the break down of law and order and not protest or strike. They are free to protest but it will not change our position.”

Also speaking, Governor Ganduje said the coming together of the seven governors was a mere coincidence.

He said: “We are seven in number here but we came separately not for any purpose but after the Friday prayers, we decided to say hello to Mr. President. It’s just a coincidence that we met in the Mosque and some joined us later and we decided to go and greet him.”

  • ADEGOKE SOYEMI

    Similar negative comments against ALL past presidents show that the issues we have has to do with followers rather than politicians. Remember followers ALWAYS get the leaders they deserve.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Let the sycophants be on Notice that NEPA bill will not be accepted as academic certificate this time around. Yeye dey smell.

  • Powell Tallen

    Simon Lalong, the burkutu governor of plateau knows he will never get reelceted so he must dance to the tune of the fulani terrorist in aso rock. buhari will never win election in plateau.

  • kalu9909

    Was wrong for governor El Rufai to have criticised the president in a letter he wrote to him last year for poor performance? Has what he complained off being improved upon? Has the president’s performance improved above what he saw last year. El Rufai is a sycophant of the worst order and should be avoided.

    • josvinco

      @Kalu9909. Don’t take El-Rufai seriously . He is more than a political sycophant, he is cunning . They are all performing below expectation and social or economic development is a mirage for their people.

  • UYI111

    AZZ KISSERS AND PSYCOS INTHE NAME OF POLITICS AND SELF SERVICE !!!!!!!!

  • lukeabu

    The seven selfish and irrelevant governors. Let’s see how 7 votes can bring Buhari back.

  • Nwakaibeya

    whatever you sow thou shall reap, you can not plant mango and be expecting to harvest coconut. we wanted change and change we ve seen. Buhari till 2023 no going back

  • Kenny Dee

    when you look closely at the 7 so called governors .. they are the 1s that have serious opposition in their states and are almost so sure they cant get re-elected for 2nd term or would be a difficult task for them .. so their only hope now is to ride on the back on buhari has dey did in 2015.. we will wait and see.

    • Sustain Transformation

      Apt

  • Daniel Obior

    So what was the point of el Rufai’s long letter to the president criticising his non-performance, when he is ready to endorse him for another term of non=performance? Anyway, el Rufai has always been dishonest; only being true to type.

    • Sustain Transformation

      “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. Whether THEY ARE RIGHT OR WRONG IS BESIDE THE POINT.”

  • John Iorkumbur

    Not fair to Nigerians. People are been killed everywhere and you are there talking of re-election. As God leaves, I assure you, non of you will win your states again. Buhari is not the entire voting population in your states, losers!