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BREAKING: Buhari confirms intention to seek re-election

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President Muhammadu Buhari has, on Monday, officially declared to seek re-election in the 2019 presidential election.

Mr. Buhari made the announcement on Monday at a meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] leadership in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting of the party is holding in Abuja as at the moment of publishing this report.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, others at the APC NEC meeting in Abuja on Monday, April 9, 2018

Buhari’s declaration ends months of speculation about whether the 74-year-old leader plans to run for re-election.

His first term has been beset by poor health, which saw him spend months in the UK last year receiving treatment.

Mr Buhari defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.

He was the first opposition leader to defeat an incumbent in Nigeria.

The announcement comes as he is due to travel to the UK on an official visit.

He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Theresa May and attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which starts on 16 April.

Buhari will run under the banner of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He has been under fire from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who in an open letter called on him not to seek re-election because of his age and alleged poor health.

Mr Obasanjo added that he was disappointed with Mr Buhari, particularly because of what he called his poor handling of Nigeria’s economy, the largest in Africa.

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