Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that the struggle for the position of President Muhammadu Buhari has created confusion in Nigeria’s political system.
Bloomberg reports that El-Rufai said this in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, April 3.
According to the Kaduna chief executive, politicians aspiring to be the next leader of Nigeria have kicked off the rat race for the country’s top job way ahead of the timeline.
He said this is as a result of President Buhari’s ill health which makes many of them feel that he would not run for a second term.
He said: “Because of the feeling that the president may not run for a second term, people are already gearing up.
“All of us are getting distracted by the coterie of ambitious presidential aspirants that are trying to kick-start the political process ahead of the normal timeline.”
Although he admitted that President Buhari has not indicated that he would run again in 2019, El-Rufai however said that most ruling party members would like him to seek a second term.
He said: “Many of us that campaigned vigorously for him in 2015 are hoping that his health will improve and stabilize and that he will run again in 2019.
“We need the policy continuity and the stability in the political environment for the country to make progress.”
NAIJ.com gathered that this comes just as Chief Chekwas Okorie, the national chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), said Buhari should not run again.
Okorie was reacting to the statement by Femi Adesina the presidential spokesperson, who said Buhari would win if he presents himself for another election.
Okorie said that Adesina did not read the mood of the nation well before making his comment.