Buhari will seek re-election in 2019 – Presidency

The Nigerian presidency has confirmed that Muhammadu Buhari will seek re-election in the 2019 poll. [Photo courtesy: The Guardian Nigeria]
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday announced that he will seek re-election in the 2019 poll, ending months of speculation over his prospects of seeking a second mandate.

Over the past year, the 75-year-old evaded questions on whether he will be in the ballot in the presidential elections scheduled for February 2019.

The idea of him seeking re-election elicited both acceptance and rejection in equal measure.

Those against his candidacy in the next election said his health had deteriorated, urging him to take a break from active politics.

In 2017, Buhari spent two lengthy periods – more than 100 days cumulatively – in Britain seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness.

The presidency’s official Twitter account confirmed that he will be seeking re-election under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s ticket.

Two weeks ago, former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2019 elections on a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.

Atiku, formerly of the APC party, decamped in November 2017, accusing its leadership of “instituting a regime of draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy.”