Some Nigerians Already Rejecting Buhari's 2019 Re-election Bid?

A poll conducted by The Punch has revealed that many Nigerians will not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari if he decides to seek re-election in 2019.

The poll with the title, “Will you vote for Buhari in 2019?” gauged the opinions of Nigerians using three options for participants.

Those who want to vote again for the President in 2019 answered by clicking ‘YES’ while those with a contrary opinion clicked the ‘NO’ button. The last option was for those who were indifferent to Buhari’s choice.

The poll went live on Thursday, 5.48pm.

As of 11pm on Saturday, out of the 9,524 participants who took part in the poll, 58 per cent (5,519 respondents) said they would not vote for Buhari in 2019.

Up to 3,588 people, amounting to 38 per cent, said ‘YES’ to the poll while four per cent (417 votes) were indifferent to Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

The poll, which has been read over 10,000 times, confirmed that many Nigerians are not happy with the performance of the President.

Although Buhari has not officially declared his intention ahead of 2019, there are strong indications that he will seek a second term.

Confirming the speculation that Buhari might seek a second term in office, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, had last week said although the President had not made up his mind on the 2019 presidential election, he must seek re-election because he had “done well so far.”

Shittu stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking specifically on whether the President will contest, Shittu said, “It goes without saying. I mean if you have a child who goes to primary school and he does well, he proceeds to secondary school and he does well, and you keep asking if he will be going to university. It goes without saying.

“By the grace of God, we, his (Buhari’s) ardent supporters, who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians, would urge him to recontest. I know he has not made up his mind but I can say that some of us can assist him in making up his mind.”

Several chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, including Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, have also expressed their support for the President’s re-election.

On Wednesday, Buhari was reported to have reappointed the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director General of his 2019 election campaign.

Buhari himself, twice last year, hinted that he would seek re-election in 2019, but many have kicked against the timing of such discourse.