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President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid got a boost on Wednesday when a key ally, Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu announced he would head a group campaigning for him to seek re-election next year.
Buhari, 75, has not publicly said whether he will take part in the February 2019 election. Political insiders have privately questioned Buhari’s willingness or ability to keep the top job after he spent much of the past year in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment that left him visibly weakened.
But Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications who played a prominent role in Buhari’s 2015 campaign, said he would chair a group to support the re-election of the president and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
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Campaigning for the re-election of a President in Nigeria has often started with such support groups before the incumbent would then declare his intention to run again.
NEWSBREAKng quoted the Minister earlier to have said: “We, his ardent supporters who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians, would urge him to recontest”.
“I know he has not made up his mind but I can say that some of us can assist him in making up his mind,” he added.
The fact that Shittu discussed campaign arrangements with Buhari and then told reporters is a sign that the President might have given his approval.