Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari advised members of his birthday party earlier than he was once first elected that he would only seek one term, implying he did not intend at that time to run in 2019, the minister of women’s affairs told Reuters on Wednesday.
The feedback by means of Aisha Alhassan should heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the subsequent election. Buhari took power in 2015 but has been absent for a whole lot of this yr due to illness. He is but to say if he will are seeking a 2nd term.
“In 2014/2015 he stated 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 now not contesting in 2019,” Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan said.
Alhassan stated in the interview she would resign if Buhari seeks re-election and would aid former vice president Atiku Abubakar if he decides to run. Alhassan’s portfolio ranks quite low down in Nigeria’s cabinet.
Abubakar was once vice president from 1999 to 2007 as part of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), Buhari’s party, in 2014. She said Buhari made the feedback in 2015 to APC members however gave no in addition details.
The president’s two spokesmen declined to comment on the minister’s remarks.
Buhari, 74, returned on Aug. 19 from three months of scientific leave in Britain for an unspecified ailment. It used to be his 2d stint of unwell leave this yr following a wreck between January and March.
Many humans say they doubt whether or not Buhari is well ample to serve every other time period in Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous u . s . a . and has the continent’s largest economy.
“If today Mr. President says he is strolling in 2019 I will go to him respectfully and thank him for giving me an chance to serve and then inform him that I have to resign due to the fact my political father may additionally be running,” said Alhassan.