President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday night met with the All Progressives Congress, APC, governors in Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja and demanded more time to make up his mind on next line of action.
The governor had in several occasions made effort to sway the president into accepting to contest for re-election in 2019, the last of which was their meeting in Daura, the president’s hometown in Katsina state.
In the Thursday’s meeting, Mr Buhari said he would address the nation and the party’s caucus on his decision soon.
However, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, while addressing newsmen, said the meeting discussed various issues affecting the nation, including the state of the APC and the president’s second term bid.
Mr Okorocha said the entire APC governors wanted the president to run for a second term because, in their own assessment, he has performed well and it will only be in the interest of Nigeria if he seeks re-election in 2019.
The governor said the president did not respond to their demand in the affirmative, but requested more time to make his decision known to the entire nation.
He said: “We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and Mr. President’s ambition to run for 2019 elections.
“It is the desire of the governors that Mr President should run for this exalted office given his performance in the last two years. We believe that if he continues Nigeria will be better for it.
“Anyhow, Mr President in his usual manner has requested that we give him time and that he will address the nation and the caucus of the party very soon.
“So, we should be full of expectations that Mr. President will make officially known to Nigerians his intentions but we hope that his response will be in line with what the governors are thinking.”