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2019: We’re not aware of Buhari’s 2nd term ambition – Oyegun

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Ibrahim Sha’aban
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, on Sunday, said the party has not yet received any communication from President Muhammadu Buhari about his re-election plans.

In an exclusive interview with New Telegraph, the APC national chairman declared that his party is not aware that Mr Buhari was preparing to seek a second term in office in 2019.

Mr Oyegun further said that whether by declaration or writing officially to the party, the president must inform the party of his intention to seek re-election.

He said: “I don’t even know where you people are picking this information from. The president has not told the party formally, officially, that he wants to run for second term.

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“We only read these things in the newspapers. So, officially, I’m not aware that Buhari is running again. I only read what you people write.”

When asked if the president must inform the party that he is seeking re-election, Oyegun said: “Either he informs the party officially or he makes a declaration or whichever, he will certainly take a decision.”

Speaking further, Oyegun said that the party would deliver whoever its presidential candidate is in 2019 in the general elections.

He said it was not in his place to talk about APC delivering President Buhari in 2019. According to him, the party would deliver whoever emerges as its presidential candidate.

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Asked on what premise the ruling party would want to come back to power in 2019, the APC National Chairman said: “I can say to you with every sense of responsibility that the polity is settling down. I can say to you emphatically that the economy is recovering strongly.

“We are out of recession clearly and the economy is beginning to grow. I can say to you emphatically that in the critical areas that promotes development as distinct from growth, the policy of the party and the implementations are firmly grounded.”

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