President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with six All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
The Governors in attendance were Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Mohammed Abdulahi (Bauchi), Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).
The President’s Chief of Staff, Aba Kyari, was also at the meeting.
They met at the President’s official residence, after which the Governors accompanied President Buhari to Juma’at prayers inside a mosque, close to his official residence.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Mr. El-Rufai said they were at the villa because they were “politicians”.
“Those of us you see here want the president to contest the 2019 election; we have no apologies for that,” he said.
“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.”
Mr. El-Rufai said the governors, mostly first termers, were interested in “continuity and stability”.
“We want the president to continue with that,” he said.
Mr. El-Rufai said they were at the state house “by coincidence”.
“And we went to pray and decided to felicitate with the President and we feel satisfied that anytime we see him, he is getting better and better,” he said.