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Politics Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, 75, says he is going to run for a second term in office

Muhammadu Buhari will be 76 years old if he wins 2019 presidential election

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President Muhammadu Buhari attended the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting in Abuja on Monday, April 9, 2018

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Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari has announced plans to re-contest 2019 presidential election under the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He made the announcement during the National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja on Monday, April 9, 2018.

The president will be 76 years old by the time of the 2019 general elections.

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media also confirmed the announcement with a tweet: "President Muhammadu Buhari has just officially announced his intention to seek re-election in 2019. Details soon... "

 

Last Friday, Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State governor, threatened that the ruling party, APC, will sue President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to re-contest for the forthcoming election.

President Muhammadu Buhari will make history as the oldest Nigerian to seek re-election at the age 75. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled between 1999 to 2007 left office at the age of 70 in 2007.

African nations are notorious for having old men as heads of state. Some of these include Cote d'Ivoire's Alassane Ouattara, 76, Ghana's Nana Akufo-Addo, 74, Zimbabwean Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni 73. Cameroon's Paul Biya, 86, is the oldest in Africa, after the deposed of Robert Mugabe (who was 93).