Move to endorse Buhari for 2019 falls through at APC NEC meeting

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He commended the leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The move to secure an endorsement for President Buhari's second term at the second highest decision-making body of the party was reportedly championed by some governors including Governors Rochas Okorocha, Simon Lalong and Atiku Bagudu of Imo, Plateau and Kebbi states respectively.

But speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, on Monday, Tinubu who stated that he has confidence in the leadership of Buhari and the current administration, however refused to say a word on the 2019 presidential election.

The caucus meeting was coming before the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting taking place today.

"I think for APC members, it is a democratic party, but the performance of the president in the last two and a half years suggests that if he wants to contest, I will certainly support him and I know that our party members feel the same way about him", he said.

"I have confidence in this President and there is no doubt about that".

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"Do we have any other person that will challenge the President again?"

While responding to a similar question, he said, "For anybody to preempt the consensus opinion of the people is to say the least not fair to the vision of our party".

President Buhari also said that while some ministers may go, he would expand his cabinet above the 36 members representing the 36 states of the federation.

"Each of us have our roles to play and that is why we are playing it".

"This meeting shows our unity in the party, shows our strength and our commitment to the party and to Nigerians", he said.

They had driven in a Toyota Coaster bus when the security personnel demanded that they should alight to be screened one by one which they declined before turning back at the gate.

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