Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that the struggle for the position of President Muhammadu Buhari has created confusion in Nigeria’s political system.
Bloomberg reports that el-Rufai said this in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday. According to the givernor, politicians aspiring to be the next leader of Nigeria have kicked off the rat race for the country’s top job way ahead of the timeline.
He said this was as a result of President Buhari’s ill health which makes many of them feel that he would not run for a second term. He said: “Because of the feeling that the president may not run for a second term, people are already gearing up. Some politicians want President Buhari’s job because of his ill health.
“All of us are getting distracted by the coterie of ambitious presidential aspirants that are trying to kick-start the political process ahead of the normal timeline.”
Although he admitted that President Buhari has not indicated that he would run again in 2019, Gvernor el-Rufai, however, said that most ruling party members would like him to seek a second term.
He said: “Many of us that campaigned vigorously for him in 2015 are hoping that his health would improve and stabilise and that he would run again in 2019.
“We need the policy continuity and the stability in the political environment for the country to make progress,” Governor el-Rufai was quoted as saying.