Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that governors and ministers under the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) have made up their minds to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election.
El-Rufai made this known to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari in the Presidential Villa.
He said the governors and the ministers made the call as members of the Buharist Group.
The “Buharist Group” is an association of APC governors and ministers, whose primary purpose is to enhance and defend the perceived socio-political interests of President Buhari.
El Rufai also dismissed the statement that he was seen as a replacement for President Buhari in 2019.
“My name has continuously been mentioned as a Presidential aspirant since 2007 after my years in the FCT, there is nothing new about that.
“What I want to say here very, very clearly is that I have never been a Presidential aspirant, I have never even been a gubernatorial aspirant.
“I am governor today by the grace of God because President Buhari called me and said go and run for Governor of Kaduna state.
“As far as 2019 is concerned, my position is the President (Muhammadu Buhari) is looking very well, he is recuperating very fast. My hope and prayer is he will contest in 2019,’’ he said.