The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that the forthcoming 2019 presidential election would be the last he would contest.
Concise News reports that Buhari was speaking at a meeting with the royal fathers in the Government House on Sunday. The incumbent promised not to abuse the constitution, assuring that he would halt contesting after the upcoming election.
Buhari states that this year’s election would be the fifth time he would be aspiring for Presidency.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president charged traditional rulers to do more in curbing the menaces of banditry and kidnapping in their communities.
“We are determined to defend the nation and its people. We are disappointed with some of the things going on. You are responsible for the security of your neighbourhood. Being close to your people, you know them. You are still relevant. I am sorry this has extended to some of your families.
“We must do something to secure our environment.” The President commended the gallantry of the security agencies in battling kidnapping and banditry, saying “you know what we have achieved. You had one who styled himself as Buharin Daji, the Buhari of the forests, claiming to be in charge and not I at the centre. He is no more, and by my surviving him, you now know who is stronger.”
President Buhari says he is contesting Saturday’s election as his fifth and the last, because as he noted, “a second term is what the constitution allows”, thus, he is not thinking of abusing the constitution.’
Recall that Buhari ran for the office of the president under All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), in 2003 and 2007 and failed. He switched to Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), in 2011 and his aspiration futile again.
However in 2015 when he changed to APC (after a merger of the opposition parties), he won and took the mantle of leadership from ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.