2019 Election: “Buhari’s health could stand on his way

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The health of President Muhammadu Buhari may stand on his way in 2019. According to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president will consider his state of health before taking the decision on whether to seek re-election.

Buhari had a serious health challenge in 2017 that made him to seek medical attention outside the country twice.

 On his return to the country after his first medical trip, the President stated that he had never been that sick in his life.

While answering questions on Buhari’s health status and his seeking re-election in 2019, Adesina said the President would not do whatever he believed his health could not sustain.

Adesina said, “The President is not a frivolous person. If he thinks that his health cannot carry anything, he will not do it.

“Every day you see the President, you see a glow about him and you see freshness about him. I think he is even in a better state than when he came in 2015. It’s all to the glory of God.

“Once he assesses that his health can carry it, there’s nothing wrong if he steps into the fray. But he has the final decision.”

Punch reports that the presidential spokesman urged Nigerians to wait for the President to tell them his position on the second-term issue.

On a recent media report that Buhari has re-appointed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director-General of his campaign organisation, Adesina said such an appointment could only be made after a candidate had emerged.

“I believe that things like the DG will come when you have become a candidate. If the President steps into the fray now, he is an aspirant just like any other aspirant. Having a DG comes when you become a candidate of the party,” he argued.

He claimed Buhari had done more than enough to seek re-election, saying “The things he has done are apparent: security, despite the challenges of the moment, you can’t rule out what he has done in security.

“Economy went into recession, stayed there just for one year, it has come out and the indices are good. Even the World Bank has projected 2.5 per cent growth for Nigeria this year.

“Three things he appointed for himself: one, to secure the country; two, to fight corruption; and three, to revive the economy. They are going well.”

He reiterated Buhari’s promise to deliver free and fair elections to the country, stressing that the President fulfilled the promise in all the elections conducted under his watch.

“You would have noticed that since this government came, there have been elections the APC didn’t have to win. You saw Anambra. You saw a senatorial election there. Some months ago, in November, you saw the governorship election. If APC had wanted to overrun Anambra, using federal might, it would have done that to win the election.

“Election had held in Bayelsa under this administration, the APC didn’t do it. Ondo, the APC won fair and square. Kogi, it won fair and square. Where the APC wins, it wins. Where it loses, it loses. That’s the attitude of the President. Your party doesn’t have to win by hook or crook.”

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