Just a little over a month away from the February 16 presidential election in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday he will focus on governing over leading his bid and campaign for re-election.
Buhari, 76, says he does not intend to let campaigning for re-election get in the way of governing.
Buhari said the head of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu will lead efforts to win the incumbent a second and final four-year term.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge,” Buhari said Monday.
Tinubu is the former governor of Lagos State. He is credited with helping Buhari lead the opposition to victory against the first seating Nigerian president in 2015.
Buhari and Tinubu fell out shortly after the 2015 election was over, but have apparently returned to the “good old days” of working together again.
Tinubu, 66, is seen as a likely presidential contender in 2023, when the presidency is expected – by a recent tradition – to rotate back to the southern zone of the country after eight years of incumbency by natives of the northern zone.
Eighty-four million Nigerians have registered to vote in the February 16 ballot.
There are at least a dozen other presidential wannabes in the race, but none really has a chance at beating Buhari except for the nominee of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar.