President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit, has given the clearest hint so far that he will seek re election.
Buhari dropped the hint jokingly while interacting with the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, even though he did not say if he would run in 2019 when the next presidential election is due.
He was accompanied on the trip by a leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, and Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi states among others.
Apologising for keeping those that came for the interactive session waiting, Buhari said he insisted that the Governors accompany him to the meeting because of their electoral value and might earn him votes in the future.
“First I want to apologise for keeping you for too long sitting, this is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting,” he said.
“This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians.
“If you tell them that their governors were in the company of the President, I think that will be another vote for me in the future.
“I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up.”
The hall immediately erupted in laughter and clapping.