Neither Pres. Muhammadu Buhari nor former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have declared for the 2019 general elections although the two men are widely expected to run.
So far however, Buhari has the early advantage within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. At least four APC governors – Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Benue – and state party chapters have endorsed him for reelection.
On Saturday, the Adamawa state APC endorsed the president and passed a vote of confidence on him. Atiku hails from Adamawa but has been overlooked by his party’s state chapter.
At a stakeholders meeting attended by party elders, members of National Assembly, State Assembly, elected council chairmen and party executives from all levels in the state, the following were listed as reasons for the endorsement: the progress in the fight against insurgency, corruption and infrastructural development.
“As far as Adamawa is concerned, Buhari and Osinbajo are our candidates for 2019,” said Abdulrahman Abba-Jimeta, the chief of staff to Gov. Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa. “The standard practice worldwide is for a performing president to serve his two-term in office.”
The Adamawa APC also urged Buhari to look into the panel report on suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, who hails from the state and reinstate him if he is not found wanting.
Others who spoke to corroborate the decision of the stakeholders were Sen. Binta Masi, Rep. Abdulrahman Shuaibu and Adamawa Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr Emmanuel Tsamdu, who spoke on behalf of Senators, House of Representatives members and Adamawa Assembly members.