‘It’s in Nigeria’s best interest for Buhari to run in 2019,’ Governor says

El-Rufai also said that he believes in Buhari’s presidency because of the stability he brings to the office.

President Buhari and Gov el-Rufai

“My prayer is that the president gets well...gets back to full health and run again because I still believe his being president...the stability that he brings to the office is in the best interest of Nigeria,” El-Rufai said on Friday, April 14, according to The Guardian.

“Within the Villa, there are people that like me and there are those who don’t and it is normal. My relationship with the President has never been strained in any way.

“I have been working closely with Mr President for about seven years, from the time we were in the opposition in the CPC, through the merger into the APC.

“Anytime I see fundamental issues that require to be addressed by him, I discuss with him. When discuss...debate, and I get his thoughts, I would always tell, 'I will go back and articulate a memo and action plan for you,” El-Rufai added in reaction to a leaked memo in which he criticized the president for his administration’s failings.

El-Rufai added that even if Buhari decided not to seek re-election, he would expectedly have a say in who the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominates as its candidate.

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