In the Bid for the 2015 election, President Buhari told party members that he was coming in for just one term. This implied that he did not intend at that time to run in 2019, said the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Aisha Alhassan.
“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” Mrs. Alhassan said.
President Buhari took power in 2015 but due to illness, has been absent for much of this year due. He is yet to come out to the public to say if he will seek a second term.
Mrs. Alhassan said in an interview that if Buhari sought re-election she would resign. She would support former vice president Atiku Abubakar if he decides to run instead.
“Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather.
“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed that is why…
“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be
Atiku Abubakar was vice president from 1999 to 2007 as part of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In 2014, he joined Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mrs. Alhassan’s comments have increased the doubts whether Buhari would run for re-election in 2019.
The president’s two spokesmen declined to comment on the minister’s remarks.