I'm not contesting for president in 2019, we're pushing Buhari to run - El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday denied rumours that he is planning to contest the 2019 presidential election, saying he and other loyalists were praying for President Buhari’s full recovery and pushing him to vie for the 2019 presidency.

The governor said this while speaking with State House Correspondents at the Villa.

"My name has continuously been mentioned as a presidential aspirant since 2007 after my years in the FCT. There's nothing new about that. What I want to say here very clearly is that I've never been a presidential aspirant, I've never even been a gubernatorial aspirant. I'm 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 is looking very well, he is recuperating very fast. My hope and prayer is he'll contest in 2019, " El-Rufai said.

El-Rufai, who visited the president in Abuja also reacted to the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan's recent statement about her support for former Vice president Atiku Abubakar.

He said the minister never believed in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ideologies right from the onset.

El-Rufai added that Nigerians should not be shocked as the minister has never been in Buhari’s camp.

According to him, the minister was entitled to her opinion and that Buhari had the sole decision to either sack her or retain her in his cabinet.

El-Rufai described himself and a group of other governors as ‘Buharists’ and that they would anything to jeopadise his interest.

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