President Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with governors of the All Progressives Congress in his country home of Daura, Katsina State. Sources hinted yesterday that the president might tell the governors whether or not he would contest the 2019 presidential elections. President Buhari yesterday evening arrived Daura on a private visit after a working visit to Kaduna State. His visit to Daura is believed to be connected to last week’s death of two members of his family. Some governors of the APC, ministers and various groups had expressed support to the president should he decide to seek re-election in 2019. A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and former military president, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida had in separate statements, advised Buhari against seeking re-election.
The president had last week appointed a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party. A source said the president and the governors were earlier scheduled to meet at the Presidential Villa in Abuja today, but that the meeting was rescheduled to take place in Daura since Buhari had gone there. The source, who pleaded anonymity, said “very serious political developments,” would be discussed at the meeting. He said it was very likely that the president would inform the governors of his intention to run for the 2019 presidential election or not. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed to our correspondent on telephone that Buhari would meet the governors in Daura today. He, however, declined comment on the agenda of the meeting. Also, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said whatever meeting the president has with anyone in Daura would be a private one.