Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not violated the Constitutions of Nigerian and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by formally declaring to run for a second term in the 2019 elections.
Speaking to news men shortly after the presidential declaration in Abuja, the governor said: “it is part of democratic culture. Traditionally, the president has the right of first refusal of the candidature of the party, so its not something that is unusual or unwarranted or unconstitutional. He has done the right thing. He is going to contest and we are solidly behind him.”
Governor Kashim said that President Buhari is not under any obligation to consult governors or anybody, adding that he has been under tremendous pressure to make that pronouncement “so we should heave a sigh of relief since he has finally announced his intention to contest.
“We will give him the kind of support we gave him in 2015.”
The governor argued that Buhari’s declaration will calm down governance so that people will concentrate on the real act of governance and deliver the dividends of democracy.
When asked to evaluate chances of Present Buhari winning the election in 2019, the Borno governor said: “certainly, he is the single kinetic President in Nigeria’s political life till date.”