Muhammadu Buhari has said he declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential Election early in order to douse rising speculations in the country.
According to him, speculations are already constituting distraction to governance and stirring unnecessary tension so he had to declare his intention during the National Executive Committee meeting of the party.
“I had to announce before the National Executive Committee of our party about my intention to ask for the party’s nomination for next year’s election so that we can save a lot of time and cool tempers.
“A lot of people were trying to make it a habit of being a nuisance to themselves and many Nigerians, so when I came out I said those who are serious let them come out.
“And I tried to make sure that the party is organised and consolidated so that we start from the bottom to the top and that Nigerians will be involved in a way that each constituency will pick those that are going to represent them at various levels, whether as local government chairmen, in the State Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and finally the president,’’ he said.
Buhari said early declaration could guarantee more participation and inclusiveness within the party and further strengthen the bond with supporters and Nigerians.
“Some of the people thought to be uneducated and unsophisticated could be very educated and sophisticated during elections.
“For those who have money to give, they say bring the money we will still do what we want to do,’’ he added.